At least a dozen of people killed and multiple wounded in apparent suicide bomb explosions outside Kabul Airport
After the Taliban warned the US to leave Kabul amid the “imminent” terror threat of ISIS, an apparent suicide bomb attack rocked the gate to Kabul airport Thursday.
The explosion from an apparent suicide attack happened “outside” the perimeter of Hamid Karzai Airport.
As of now, there is no confirmed information about casualties among either Afghan people trying to escape the Taliban regime in the country or the US troops. However, witnesses reported of many victims amongst the Afghan people heading to get inside the Airport.
According to the update as of 11:03 a.m. ET, the second explosion next to the Baron Hotel, outside the Airport. Pentagon press secretary John Kirby confirmed "a number of US & civilian casualties" after the attack.
Pictures of the explosion minutes ago near Kabul Airport pic.twitter.com/Uw71JCMuIX— Mahboob Rahman saee (@Mahboob_saee) August 26, 2021
According to the latest reports, an emergency hospital in Kabul informed about more than 30 people who being treated suffered injuries in the explosions.
At least 13 people were reported dead
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. We can also confirm at least one other explosion at or near the Baron Hotel, a short distance from Abbey Gate. We will continue to update.— John Kirby (@PentagonPresSec) August 26, 2021
A witness said that the explosion took place at the crowded area outside the Airport and have wounded multiple people.
"The explosion went off in a crowd of people waiting to enter the airport" witness said, "several people appeared to have been killed or wounded, including some who lost body parts."
The threat of the “imminent” attack was initially sparkled by British Armed Minister James Heappey, who said Thursday that the is “very, very credible reporting of an imminent attack” at the airport.
However, this threat was soon rejected by Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, who said that there wasn’t any imminent terror attack.
Anyway, the apparent suicide bomb attack only stressed out the extreme danger that the massive airlift is operating under both for American and other allied forces and those desperately trying to leave Afghanistan.
The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan issued a dire security alert, urging U.S. citizens to "avoid traveling to the airport and avoid airport gates at this time."
"There has been a large explosion at the airport, and there are reports of gunfire," the alert stated, adding, "U.S. citizens who are at the Abbey Gate, East Gate, or North Gate now should leave immediately."