Friday’s double suicide attack at Kabul airport by ISIS left 85 people dead, thirteen of them American soldiers.
The sun was setting over the capital of Afghanistan. Many anxious Afghans gathered at Kabul’s airport to flee the Taliban regime. Five days remained until the Americans left. It was five days before Kabul fell under the full control of the new Kabul masters. They ignored warnings from the West, citing credible threats of suicide bombings at the complex. A massive airlift was organized by the West after the Taliban’s sudden takeover in mid-August.
Recent days saw people evacuated from the British and French by passing through Abbey Gate. This is one of the three entrance points to the airfield. The loud explosion sound as the crowd ran to the door to wait to be searched and rescued by American soldiers. The explosive belt was being triggered by a suicide bomber. Near the Hotel Baron was a second explosion. Then came gunshots. It was panic. It was panic. Heavy smoke rose up in the air and people ran in every direction to flee the scene of the explosions.
“People were burning alive, people couldn’t breathe”An Afghan man was waiting for an evacuation flight with his wife and other relatives, according to the Washington Post. “There were many deaths”Another Afghan, who, like the other witnesses, gave evidence on condition that he remain anonymous because he was afraid of reprisals, told The Daily. “I saw a bloodied woman, wrapped in a blanket covered in blood. “
Social media photos showed dead people being transported on wheelbarrows and a child holding onto the arm of a man who had suffered a head injury. Others showed bodies floating in the water from a drainage channel while survivors rose.
As people sought to find their loved ones, desperate cries were heard. “There are many dead people here”He shouted at the person behind the camera.
Milad, a witness to the incident, said that he saw it. “Projected human body and fragments”. He claims that he misplaced the documents he needed to board a flight together with his wife and their three children. “I don’t want to go again.” [à l’aéroport]. Death to America, its evacuation and its visas ”He said.
“When people heard the explosion it was in total panic. The Taliban then fired in the air to disperse the people who were waiting in front of the door ”Another witness said that he saw the same thing. “A man runs with an injured baby in his arms.”.
The “New York Times,” was told by a Taliban fighter who stood near the gate: “There was an explosion against the Americans, a lot of people were killed, civilians and soldiers. “The situation is beyond control.
The NGO Emergency in Italy takes the injured to a nearby hospital. A representative of NGO Urgence said this to the Washington Post: “Our hospital in Kabul was already 80% full before the blasts. “We have added additional beds to accommodate the wounded coming from the airport. A medical coordinator testified.
After the explosions, many Afghans ran to cover and moved towards the explosion walls. These walls protect areas and have been increasing in number since the mid 2000s. “The lights are out, it is not permitted to go out, we can’t stand”A man spoke from the inside of an explosion wall to The Washington Post and said that 600 people had sought refuge there.
Many urban and educated Afghans are among the candidates for exile. They fear that Islamists will create the same kind of brutal and fundamentalist regime as they did when they were in power from 1996 to 2001. Not only those who served the forces of the pro-Western government that fell, but also their allies, the Western forces’ enemies, and foreign companies that fear reprisals from the Islamists, but so are the Taliban’s twenty-year-old enemies. This crowd is also fed by an influx of Afghans who have not been invited to leave and are simply trying to make a better living in the West.
According to the Washington Post, hundreds of Afghan security force members were present at the scene of the explosion. These soldiers, many of them traveling with their families, were promised Thursday passage to military side of airport for evacuation flights. The attack happened while they were waiting for the signal that they should move forward.