Suspected Suicide Bomber Strikes Outside Kabul Airport With At Least 60 Killed Including 12 US Marines

Suicide bombers detonated explosives among crowds near the Kabul Airport, killing at least thirteen people and injuring at least 60 others, including three American soldiers.

 

The suicide bombers are believed to have carried out the attacks close to Kabul airport where thousands of people have been desperately waiting to be evacuated out of the country after the Taliban took over.


The Taliban say at least 13 people, including children, have been killed. Dozens of others are being treated in local hospitals.

 

Three U.S. Marines were injured in that blast, according to three U.S. military officials.

 

The explosion came after multiple warnings of an imminent attack by the Islamic State-Khorosan (Isis-K), the Afghan branch of Isis, on crowds of desperate Afghans trying to escape the country.

 

Suspected suicide bomber strikes outside Kabul airport with civilians and U.S. service members among the casualties

 

UK defence sources said one of the blasts took place by a hotel where British troops and journalists have been staying, followed by small arms fire, while the second one was by Abbey Gate.

 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the UK's evacuation effort in Afghanistan will continue despite the "barbaric" terrorist attack at Kabul airport.

 

In the US, the Pentagon said the incident resulted in "a number of US and civilian casualties" but the exact figure remains unclear.

 

Meanwhile, the Taliban has "strongly" condemned the attack, which it said took place in an area where US forces are responsible for security.

 

U.S. officials said they were concerned that further attacks could occur at the airport following the twin blasts.

 

A U.S. official, citing initial information, told Reuters as many as five U.S. military personnel may have been hurt, including at least one seriously. U.S. officials have said there are about 5,200 American troops providing security at the Kabul airport.


Taliban officials earlier said that at least 13 people including children have been reported dead at Hamid Karzai International Airport, with the death toll rising since then.

 

Update:?Third explosion occurs in Kabul with at least 60 killed including 12 US marines


An Afghan interpreter who was there hoping to be evacuated described how he saw a girl believed to be around five killed by the bomb:

 

He told the BBC: ‘I saw a baby there and I went to her and I picked her up and started taking her to the hospital. I took her to the hospital, but she died on my hands.’


Reports say one bomb carried by suspected suicide bombers exploded at Abbey Gate just outside the airport, and at least one other was detonated at the Baron Hotel a short distance away. 

 

This comes as the US under president Joe Biden announced a sudden exit from Afghanistan following 20 years of war following the 9/11 terror attacks on US soil.


As at press time, Biden is yet to address Americans.

 

A US official says the attack outside Kabul airport is ‘definitely believed’ to have been carried out by the Islamic State group.


Pictures on social media show people walking around wounded, in shock, while others were pictured moving dead bodies.

 

The UK Ministry of Defence however, said UK soldiers didn't experience any casualty.

 

The UK MOD said in a statement: ‘We are working urgently to establish what has happened in Kabul and its impact on the ongoing evacuation effort.

 

‘Our primary concern remains the safety of our personnel, British citizens and the citizens of Afghanistan. We are in close contact with our US and other NATO allies at an operational level on the immediate response to this incident.’

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