A US airstrike took out an “imminent ISIS-K threat” to the Kabul airport Sunday as officials race against the clock to wrap up evacuation efforts in Afghanistan, US defense officials said.
The drone strike successfully knocked out a vehicle packed with a “substantial amount of explosive material,” Capt. Bill Urban, spokesman for the US Central Command, said in a statement.
“U.S. military forces conducted a self-defense unmanned over-the-horizon airstrike today on a vehicle in Kabul, eliminating an imminent ISIS-K threat to Hamad Karzai International airport,” Urban said. “We are confident we successfully hit the target.”
It’s unclear whether there were civilian casualties.
Meanwhile, there were reports that a rocket struck a neighborhood just northwest of the airport, killing a child. The Taliban initially described the rocket attack as a separate incident but witnesses reported hearing only one large blast Sunday in the capital city.
The US airstrike is the second since Friday and comes as officials wind down the historic evacuation of tens of thousands Americans and Afghan allies from Hamid Karzai International Airport ahead of the Tuesday’s deadline to withdraw.
On Thursday, a suicide attack left more than 180 people — including 13 US servicemen — dead at the airport on Thursday. And President Biden on Saturday warned that another attack could be imminent.
Following last week’s blast, the Taliban increased security around the airfield and the United Kingdom halted its evacuation flights.
The US’s military cargo flights continued their runs into the airport Sunday, ahead of President Biden’s Tuesday deadline to withdraw all troops.
With Post wires