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Taliban claim airport attack was aimed at US defence secretary's plane

The Taliban claim they specifically targeted the plane of US secretary of defence, Jim Mattis, in an attack earlier on Wednesday at Kabul airport.

The insurgents fired up to about six projectiles at and near the airport, with one hitting a civilian house nearby.

Mr Mattis and Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg were not at the airport at the time but were meeting in Kabul with Afghan president Ashraf Ghani.

Mr Mattis' plane was not damaged in the attack, which prompted a shootout with the insurgents.

Najib Danish, spokesman for the Afghan interior minister, said "three terrorists were killed by the Afghan security forces" before the exchange was over.

He said 11 Afghan civilians were also wounded.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a tweet the "military section of the Kabul airport was hit with missiles; target was plane of U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis" and that "losses (were) caused" in the attack.

Mr Ghani said during a joint press conference with Mr Mattis and Mr Stoltenberg that Afghan special forces troops quickly brought the attack under control.

Mr Mattis called the attack a crime.

AP

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