- Attack has ended, Interior Ministry official says
- Taliban claim responsibility for the assaults, releasing video of men they say were suicide attackers
- Afghan ministries differ slightly on how many killed, wounded
The number included 38 civilians, 10 Afghan National Army soldiers and two policemen, the Afghan Defense Ministry said in a statement Thursday.
Another 35 people were wounded.
Nine terrorists were also killed, the ministry said. And one was wounded.
took responsibility for the attack.
The assault occurred hours after a "Message to Obama" was posted to a video site, purportedly of Taliban suicide attackers warning that U.S. troops would not be safe in Afghanistan
Afghanistan's Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said Wednesday night that the Kandahar attack was over.
He claimed 11 attackers were killed and that the airport property was never penetrated.
Taliban fighters carrying machine guns had targeted foreign forces, a Taliban spokesman said in a statement.
Kandahar, the second-largest city in Afghanistan, is about 480 kilometers (300 miles) southwest of the capital of Kabul.
Taliban gunmen opened fire at a bazaar near the Kandahar airport at 6:20 p.m. local time (8:50 a.m. ET) Tuesday, said Samim Ekhpelwak, a spokesman for the governor of Kandahar province. Afghan forces returned fire.