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Suicide bomb hits Afghan airport


The car bomb exploded near the entrance to Kabul's military airport

A suicide bomber at the main airport in the Afghan capital, Kabul, has killed two civilians, say officials.

The interior ministry said six people had also been wounded. Witnesses say a car bomber rammed the main gate of the airport's military base.

One eyewitness described a four-wheel drive vehicle exploding near a foreign military convoy.

Nato-led forces fighting the Taliban have a base at the airport, which is used by civilian and military aircraft.

The BBC's Chris Morris in Kabul says there are unconfirmed reports that members of Nato's International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) were among the casualties.

I saw Landcruisers for the foreigners in front of the gate... then a car hit them then blew up

"It was a suicide attack outside the main gate of the military base at the airport," Nato officer Colonel Koziel Bart told AFP news agency.

Witnesses described flames rising from the site of the explosion at 0830 (0400 GMT) on Tuesday. The blast rattled windows in the city centre.

A shopkeeper named as Humayun told AP news agency: "I saw three or four Landcruisers for the foreigners just in front of the gate... then there was a car and it hit them then blew up."

The airport has been targeted in the past by suspected Taliban militants - in 2007, at least one person was killed in a suicide bomb attack there.

Tuesday's attack follows a massive suicide car bomb last month on Isaf's Kabul headquarters that killed seven Afghan civilians on the spot.

That attack happened just days ahead of the 20 August elections, which were overshadowed by Taliban intimidation and violence.

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