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Afghanistan: Karzai cousin killed by suicide bomb

Afghan President Hamid Karzai's cousin, has been killed in a suicide bomb attack at his home, officials in Kandahar say.

Hashmat Karzai, a close ally of presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani, was hosting an event for the Eid al-Fitr holiday at his home in the province when a well-dressed man posing as a guest set off hidden explosives as Karzai greeted him, the governor's office said.

The attack comes as the country is caught in a political deadlock over a disputed election to replace Hamid Karzai as president.

Taliban claims responsibility for Kabul Airport attack

A Taliban suicide bomber detonated himself outside Kabul International Airport, killing three foreign advisers and an Afghan interpreter, police said. A Taliban spokesman, Zabihulllah Mujahid, claimed responsibility for the attack.

In this successful attack up to 15 invader soldiers were killed or wounded and many vehicles were damaged.

– Taliban

Read: Foreign advisers 'killed in suicide bombing' in Kabul

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'All four insurgents killed' after Kabul airport attack

A fierce gunbattle between Afghan security forces and militants in a building near Kabul airport has now ended, according to reports by AFP.

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BREAKING: All 4 insurgents killed by Forces, the area cleared now, no causality to forces: MoI

More: Kabul airport assault over after 'all attackers are killed'

Kabul airport assault over after 'all attackers are killed'

Afghan policemen take positions.
Afghan policemen take their positions near the airport. Credit: REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

An attack on Kabul airport has now ended after the gunmen were killed, officials have said.

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#UPDATE Kabul airport assault ends after all attackers killed: officials

More: ISAF jets scrambled as gunmen attack Kabul airport

ISAF jets scrambled as gunmen attack Kabul airport

Afghan security personnel are seen on vehicles as an area near the Kabul airport.
Afghan security personnel are seen on vehicles near Kabul airport. Credit: Reuters TV

Gunmen have used rockets to attack Kabul International Airport in the Afghan capital, a senior military official has said.

The gunmen occupied two buildings, which were under construction and used them as a base to fire rockets and gunfire toward planes at the airport, according to NBC News.

ISAF jet fighters are currently flying over Kabul, said Afzal Aman, a general in the Afghan army in Kabul.

More: 'Explosion and gunfire' heard near Kabul airport

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Kerry: Afghan presidential candidates agree to audit

Both candidates in the Afghan presidential election have agreed to abide by the results of a comprehensive audit of the second round of the Afghan presidential vote, according to US secretary of state John Kerry.

Kerry said the United Nations would supervise the investigation into the results of the second round of the Afghan presidential vote which has been deadlocked since the June 14.

Both Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani have disputed the results but Kerry said they will respect the audit which will be carried out in the country's capital Kabul and take 24 hours to complete.

Read: Kerry: Afghan presidential vote needs to be 'resolved'

Kerry: Afghan presidential vote needs to be 'resolved'

US Secretary of State John Kerry. Credit: REUTERS/Jim Bourg

US Secretary of State John Kerry has said all of the reports of fraud and irregularities in the second round of the Afghan presidential vote need to be resolved.

The election run-off between the leading contenders, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, has been deadlocked since the June 14 vote, raising concerns in Washington about a smooth transition of power in Afghanistan just as US troops are withdrawing.

Abdullah Abdullah has declared he was the winner of last month's run-off vote, despite preliminary results showing that Ashraf Ghani won the second round.

Read: Kerry: US to cut Afghan aid if candidate 'grabs' power

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