Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul reopened on Thursday after short closure due to discovery of unexploded ordinance during construction work, a Resolute Support official said.
“During construction at HKIA international airport, a digging crew uncovered unexploded ordinance that appears to have been buried for quite some time,” the RS official said. “The explosives were uncovered in an unoccupied area far from any active runway.”
The official said that Turkish military explosives experts conducted a controlled detonation to render the device safe. Flight operations resumed shortly thereafter, the official said.
The closure caused plane carrying Pakistan parliament speaker, Asad Qaisar, to be diverted.
“The plane was about to descend when the control tower informed of the closure of airport,” Pakistan special envoy, Mohammad Sadiq, said.
“New dates for the visit will be decided after mutual consultations,” he said.