Eleven Taliban fighters attacked an important airport in southern Afghanistan early Tuesday, killing at least 50 people, Afghan officials say.
The Afghan Defense Ministry said 38 civilians, 10 soldiers and two police officers were killed. The attack on the Kandahar Air Field lasted 20 hours, reported the Washington Post. Among the dead were women and children, the newspaper wrote.
The airport includes a military base with troops from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO. There were no reports that NATO troops were killed or injured in the attack.
A spokesman for the Taliban says fighters entered the base and attacked local and foreign military troops. He said more than 150 soldiers were killed in the attack. The Taliban often makes claims about the results of their attacks that are not true.
Taliban attacks have grown in number and strength in Afghanistan this year after the withdrawal last year of combat troops from other countries.
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阿富汗国防部表示，遇难者包括38名平民，10名士兵和2名警察。《华盛顿邮报》报道称，塔利班对坎大哈机场的袭击持续了20个小时 。遇难者中包括妇女和儿童 。
塔利班组织一名发言人表示，塔利班战士进入基地并袭击了当地和外国军队。他说，超过150名士兵在袭击中丧生 。塔利班经常在袭击后果方面宣扬不真实的信息 。