American Troops, Locals Dead In Kabul, Say US Officials: 10 Latest Facts


Medical and hospital staff carry an injured man out of a car after two blasts in Kabul

Highlights

  • The two explosions struck near the main gate of Kabul airport.
  • The blasts came after US and allies warned of ISIS threat in the area.
  • The US military has labelled the blasts as a “complex attack”.

New Delhi:
Several, including children, were killed in two explosions near Kabul’s airport amid an evacuation effort by countries from Afghanistan after Taliban’s takeover. A number of US service members were also killed in the blasts, the Pentagon said.

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    Two explosions struck near the main gate of Kabul airport in what the US military labelled a “complex attack”, with several civilians and American troops among the casualties.

  2. Visuals from outside the airport showed dozens of bodies of people killed in tightly packed crowds outside the airport. Media reports said the number of deaths are at least 40.

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    At least 12 US troops were killed and three others wounded in the explosions, US sources told Reuters.

  4. The Afghan affiliate of Islamic State – Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-K) –  is believed to be responsible for the attack, a Reuters source familiar with the US congressional briefings said. ISIS-K is opposed by the United States and the Taliban.

  5. The Taliban condemned the blasts in an area they said was under the control of US military. “The Islamic Emirate strongly condemns the bombing targeting civilians at Kabul airport,” a statement released by the group’s spokesman on Twitter said.

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    India strongly condemned the bomb blasts and said, “Today’s attacks reinforce the need for the world to stand unitedly against terrorism and all those who provide sanctuaries to terrorists”.

  7. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said one blast occurred near the airport’s Abbey Gate and the other close to the nearby Baron Hotel, where US citizens were gathering to be evacuated. Two US officials said at least one of the explosions appeared to be from a suicide bombing.

  8. The explosion came after the United States and allies urged Afghans to leave the area because of a threat by ISIS.

  9. A massive airlift of foreign nationals and their families as well as some Afghans has been under way since the day before Taliban forces captured Kabul on August 15.

  10. The US has been racing to carry out the airlift before its military is set to fully withdraw from the country on August 31.


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