Afghan Taliban attack on Kandahar ‘leaves 46 dead’

At least 46 security personnel, Taliban fighters and civilians have been killed in clashes in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, officials say.

Several people were also taken hostage in the Taliban assault on Kandahar airport, which began on Tuesday.

The airport compound houses Afghan military and civilian sections as well as a Nato base.

Officials said the attackers had managed to breach the first gate of the complex.