Death toll reaches 103 in the twin bombing attack that took place at Kabul airport, late Thursday. In the attack, 13 US soldiers were also killed.
The Islamic State or ISIS-K, sworn enemy of Taliban has officially claimed responsibility for the attack. The militant group said that the suicide bombers targeted “translators and collaborators with the American army.”
President Joe Biden on Thursday said that America would avenge the deaths of all the victims of the attack. “To those who carried out this attack, as well as anyone who wishes America harm, know this: We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay. I will defend our interests and our people with every measure at my command.” Biden said in a televised speech.
US troops are rushing to complete the evacuation process before the August 31 deadline. On Thursday, a total of 7500 people were evacuated from Afghanistan.
“From August 26 at 3:00 AM EDT to August 26 at 3:00 PM EDT, a total of approximately 7,500 people were evacuated from Kabul. This is the result of 14 US military flights (13 C-17s and 1 C-130) which carried approximately 5,100 evacuees and 39 coalition flights which carried 2,400 people,” stated a White House official.
France prime minister Jean Castex announced that France will officially end its evacuation process on Friday night.