London: Two British cabinet ministers, on
a visit to Afghanistan, were forced to scrap plans to visit
NATO`s largest base at Kandahar, after the airfield came under
rocket attack from the Taliban.
Foreign Secretary William Hague and Defence Secretary
Liam Fox were prevented from flying into the base late last
night, in a stark reminder of the security challenges that
remain in the country, eight years after the Taliban regime
was overthrown by US-led NATO forces.
The ministers in the new David Cameron government, on
their first official visit to Afghanistan, had planned to
sleep over at Kandahar, Nato`s main military headquarters in
southern Afghanistan after a day of talks with political and
military leaders in Kabul.
However, a barrage of rocket attacks and a ground
assault against the base prompted a lockdown and they were
made to abandon their visit at the last minute, reports said.
In the assault on Kandahar, several service personnel
and civilians were injured but none killed.