Forty to 45 rockets and rocket-propelled grenades landed near a passenger terminal at Kabul's international airport Wednesday less than two hours after U.S. Defense Secratry James Mattis arrived there.
Mattis had already left the airport aboard helicopters to attend a meeting with Afghanistan’s President Ghani when the attack occurred.
There was one unconfirmed report of one injury associated with the rocket attack. Officials said it was not a direct hit on the passenger terminal.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
Mattis arrived in Kabul just after 11 p.m. ET -- 7:30 a.m. in Kabul --after spending Tuesday in India. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg was also on the flight.
Mattis spoke about the attack at a news conference in Kabul, alongside Afghanistan's president.
“If in fact there was an attack on an international airport anywhere in the world, if it's an attack by a terrorist it's designed to go after innocent people," Mattis said. "And this is a classic definition of what the Taliban is up to now."