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.
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.
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.”
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.