Afghanistan: 13 killed, many injured in twin blasts outside Kabul airport

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby averred that one blast occurred near the airport’s Abbey Gate and the other close to the nearby Baron Hotel.

A statement by the Pentagon on Thursday read that, There were at least two explosions near Kabul’s airport amid a huge evacuation effort from Afghanistan, including U.S. military members and its civilians in the reported casualties.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby averred that one blast occurred near the airport’s Abbey Gate and the other close to the nearby Baron Hotel. Two U.S. personnel stated that at least one of the explosions appeared to be from a suicide bombing.

“We can confirm that the explosion at the Abbey Gate was the result of a complex attack that resulted in a number of US & civilian casualties,” Kirby tweeted. “We can also confirm at least one other explosion at or near the Baron Hotel, a short distance from Abbey Gate.”

A Taliban insurgent said at least 13 people were killed in the blast, including children, and many Taliban guards were wounded. The Reuters quoted the saying of the US official that as many as three U.S. service members were among those hurt, and that U.S. casualty numbers were expected to increase, according to initial information. At least one of the U.S. personnel was seriously hurt, an official added.

Kabul’s U.S. Embassy explained it “a large explosion” and averred the alleged reports of gunfire. President Joe Biden has been briefed on the explosion, stated a White House personnel. A person associated said that Biden was in a meeting with security officials about the situation in Afghanistan, where the United States is in the final steps of ending its 20-year war.

The United States is ceaselessly working to carry out the evacuation process effectively and complete it before it withdraws from the captured spot on August 31. In an alert message distributed on Wednesday, the U.S. Embassy suggested the stranded citizens to avoid visiting the airport pertaining to “security threats.”

A Western diplomat in Kabul said: that areas outside the airport gates had been “incredibly crowded” again despite the warnings. The United States and its allies have mounted one of the biggest air evacuations in history, bringing out about 95,700 people, including 13,400 on Wednesday, the White House averred on Thursday.

Source NDTV
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