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Rockets, grenades fired at Kabul airport after Mattis arrival

Published: September 27, 2017
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Source: Fox News

The Taliban unleashed a barrage of rockets and suicide bombers detonated their vests at Kabul's international airport Wednesday, the attack coming fewer than two hours after U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis arrived there.

Mattis had already left the airport aboard helicopters to attend a meeting with Afghanistan’s President Ghani when the attack occurred.

The Afghan Crisis Response Unit responded to the attack and U.S. forces supported them in the air, but a missile malfunctioned and caused "several" friendly casualties, officials said.

Afghan special forces managed to repel the attackers, killing four in the ensuing gunbattle.

Officials said an investigation into the attack has been opened and more details would be released in the coming days. 

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