Over 13 dead, US soldiers injured

0
29
Over 13 dead, US soldiers injured

A suicide attack outside Kabul’s airport Thursday has left at least 13 dead, including children, and four US soldiers injured — as reports emerged of a second explosion, according to US and Taliban officials.

The initial explosion occurred outside one of the Hamid Karzai International Airport’s entrance gates when someone reportedly detonated a suicide vest just hours after an ISIS terror attack warning was issued.

Explosion victim
The explosion took place outside of one of Kabul airport’s entrance gates.
Ali Hassani via Storyful
Explosion victim
The attack comes just hours after an ISIS terror attack warning was issued.
Ali Hassani via Storyful

A second blast was reported soon after, Fox News reports.

A Taliban official said at least 13 people, including children, were killed and “many” Taliban guards were injured in the explosions.

US officials say at least four US troops were also injured. It isn’t clear if any other Americans were hurt.

An Afghan man who was nearby said some people appeared to be missing body parts at the blast. Another told Fox News that a young girl died in his arms.

President Joe Biden has been briefed on the explosion, according to a White House official.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said up to 1,500 US citizens remain stranded in Afghanistan.
Scene from the explosion
At least 13 people have been killed and 3 US soldiers injured in the explosions.
Aftermath of explosion
Reports soon emerged of a second explosion, according to US and Taliban officials.

He was in a security meeting about the Afghanistan situation when the explosion occurred.

“We can confirm an explosion outside Kabul airport. Casualties are unclear at this time. We will provide additional details when we can,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said.

The US and its allies have been warning of a possible terror attack by ISIS-K — the Afghan arm of ISIS — as the Aug. 31 deadline to withdraw from the country approaches.

Just hours before the explosion, the US embassy in Kabul urged Americans to stay away from the airport because of “security threats outside the gates.”

Aftermath of Kabul explosion
Someone reportedly detonated a suicide vest to trigger the explosion.
Kabul airport explosion
The Pentagon said there was an explosion outside Kabul airport on Thursday.
AP

A State Department security alert also warned those at three specific airport gates to “leave immediately.”

Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said up to 1,500 US citizens remain stranded in Afghanistan.

Source link