The Taliban and ISIS say Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was the target of a rocket attack that occurred shortly after he arrived in Afghanistan.
The Taliban and the Islamic State both claimed responsibilityÂ for a furious rocket attack onÂ Kabul’sÂ airportÂ Wednesday as Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg visitedÂ the Afghan capital.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Twitter that Mattis’Â plane was the target of the attack.Â
Missiles hit in and around the Hamid Karzai International Airport hours after Mattis arrived for talks with Stoltenberg andÂ Afghan officials and to meet U.S. forces. Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said at least one civilian was killed and several wounded, many when one of the rockets hit a nearby house.Â
Security forces killed two of the attackers andÂ suicide vests felled two others, Danish toldÂ TOLOnews. Authorities seized aÂ rocket-propelled grenade, bombs, suicide vests and other explosivesÂ from a building where the attackers holed up, he said.
The attack damaged dozens of homes in the area, local media reported.
“An attack on an international airport anywhere in the world is a criminal act by terrorists,” Mattis said later at a joint press conference with Stoltenberg and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. “Its designed to go after generally innocent people to make some sort of statement. And it’s a classic example of what the Taliban is up to right now.”
The Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency released a brief video clip of a fighter “using an SPG9 rocket to target the location,” said SITE Intelligence Group, a U.S.-based organization…