DEATH TOLL RISES TO 50 IN AFGHAN KANDAHAR AIRPORT ATTACK

KABUL — The death toll of a day-long-siege by Taliban militants against a residential complex near an airport in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, which ended Wednesday night, has risen to 50, the country’s Defense Ministry said on Thursday.

“As a result of enemies’ attack near Kandahar airport 50 countrymen, including 38 civilians, 10 army soldiers and two policemen were martyred,” the ministry said in a statement.

About 17 soldiers, four police and 14 civilians sustained injuries, according to the statement.

The statement also said that all 11 suspected Taliban militants involved in the attack were also killed. PNA/Xinhua