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Taliban attack closes Afghanistan’s main airport

Air India flight diverted as officials close Kabul airport after Taliban suicide attack on government building.

Afghan police guard an election office after the Taliban launched a suicide attack. (AP) Afghan police guard an election office after the Taliban launched a suicide attack. (AP)

The director of the Kabul airport says the runway has been closed because of possible dangers to planes posed by a Taliban attack on the Afghan election commission’s headquarters.

Attackers are firing rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine guns at the Independent Election Commission’s main compound, which is on the southern edge of the airport. No casualties have been reported.

Yaqoub Rassouli says authorities tried to reopen the runway after two hours Saturday but decided the risk was too high and closed it again. He says flights on Emirates Airline and Air India have been diverted.

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