KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Afghan authorities say a battle with insurgents near Kabul's international airport has ended and all the attackers have been killed. A Ministry of Interior spokesman says two civilians were wounded in Monday's attack that was apparently targeting NATO's airport headquarters. The attackers had rocket-propelled grenades, assault rifles and at least one large bomb.
A deputy Kabul police chief says there were seven attackers. Two blew themselves up with suicide vests and five were shot and killed by police.
It was unclear if the attack had damaged facilities inside the airport. The attackers had taken over a four- to five- story building under construction nearby.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
It was the latest in a series of attacks against the capital this year.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn wants lawmakers to return to Springfield later this month, but some legislators aren't sure why.
Quinn released a statement Thursday criticizing lawmakers for failing to address the state's nearly 100-billion dollar pension shortfall and calling a special session which begins June 19th. The announcement follows news that Moody's Investors Service is lowering Illinois' credit rating. But a spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan says he believes the special session is to deal with guns, not pensions.
Quinn is currently considering conceal-carry legislation that was passed last week. Quinn hasn't said if he'll sign the plan. If he vetoes it, lawmakers could override the veto.
The Grand Center Arts Academy won't hire a controversial Clayton principal. But they won't keep their current principal either, despite protests by parents and students. On Thursday, school officials reaffirmed their decision not to renew principal Lynne Glickert’s contract.
Glickert says she still doesn't know why she's being let go. Last week she thought she was meeting for her first performance review since the school opened in 2010. Instead, she was told her current contract would not be renewed, even though she just signed a new one in May. "You just think things are fine if no one's telling you there are concerns," Glickert said. "So it was a shock, a real shock."
School officials did change their mind about hiring former Clayton High School principal Dr. Louise Losos. Losos left Clayton High after allegations that she'd created a fake Facebook account to monitor students.
The board plans to conduct a national search for a new principal.