Defense Secretary Mattis was the ‘target of a Taliban attack’ that saw 29 rockets at Kabul airport, leaving five civilians injured’

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
By Paul Martin

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was the intended target of a rocket attack in Afghanistan on Wednesday, according to the Taliban
The volley of missiles struck near the military section of the international airport
At least five Afghan civilians were wounded when up to 40 rockets, including 29 rocket-propelled grenades, were fired
Officials said the airport was evacuated and all flights had been cancelled
The attack came hours after Mattis arrived in the Afghan capital

By HARVEY DAY
DAILYMAIL.COM
27 September 2017

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was the intended target of a rocket attack near an Afghanistan airport on Wednesday, according to the Taliban.

A video has been released showing a militant firing one of the 40 rockets, which wounded five Afghan civilians.
Another 29 rocket-propelled grenades were fired toward Kabul international airport after Mattis touched down.

Mattis condemned the attack as a ‘criminal act by terrorists’, adding that it was a ‘classic definition of what the Taliban are up to here now’.

The Taliban claimed responsibility and its spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, tweeted that Mattis’ plane had been the target of the attack.

Danish said Afghan security forces surrounded an area where where they suspected the rockets might have been fired.
‘A search operation is underway in the area by police units,’ he said.

Special forces troops brought the attack under control and three of the people involved were all killed, according to Danish.

The attack came hours after Mattis arrived in the Afghan capital – the first member of Donald Trump’s cabinet to visit the war-torn country since his pledge to stay the course in America’s longest war.

Officials said the airport and immediate area was evacuated and all flights had been cancelled, according to an Afghan news channel.

The Islamic State also claimed responsibility for the attack via the group’s AMAQ news agency.

The news agency said ‘infiltrators’ used SPG-9 rockets and mortars for the attack.

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