Many countries called for their nationals’ evacuation from the airport earlier in the day due to “terrorist threats”.
Two explosions took place in this attack on Thursday, August 26, and they were both accidental. “Complex”According to the Pentagon, there was an explosion near Kabul Airport. Reuters was informed by US officials that at least one explosion was a suicide attack.
“We are able to confirm that there was an explosion outside Kabul’s airport.”John Kirby, Pentagon spokesperson, tweeted it first. A second explosion was heard just a few minutes later. This was then reported by several media, including Politico as well as the Guardian.
According to the US news agency AP, two suicide bombers and armed men were involved in the explosions. These attacks were “very likely”According to a US official, the Islamic State group is a fact.
According to military sources, the first explosion was near Abbey Gate. It is one of three entry points to the airport. For twelve days thousands of Afghans have crowded the gate, eager to escape the Taliban-controlled country. The second occurred near the Baron Hotel which is close to Abbey Gate.
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There are “The victims” John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesperson, said that Americans and civilians were among the victims, but it is not known how many. Reuters reports that three Americans were among the wounded. “Our initial information suggests that between 13 and 20 people died and 52 were injured in the explosions at Kabul’s airport.Zabihullah Mujahid said the same thing on Twitter. “Firmly condemn”These attacks. The Emergency Kabul Hospital claims that it has received at least 60 injuries.
BFMTV has been informed by a source that the French delegation remains safe and sound.
President Emmanuel Macron, currently in Ireland, spoke out about the Afghan situation. “As I speak, we find ourselves in an extremely stressful situation. This leads us to coordinate our American allies, and ask everyone to be very careful in a context we don’t control.” did he declare.
“Given Afghanistan’s security circumstances, the French ambassador will not be staying in Afghanistan for the time being”“He said that he had just returned from Dublin, where he was visiting on a work visit. He will continue to be ambassador […]. On the other hand, for security reasons, it will operate from Paris ”He said so. France will also attempt to evacuate again ” Several hundredAfghans from Kabul
Australia, the United States and Great Britain have asked their nationals to evacuate Kabul airport on Thursday morning because of terrorist threats. However, thousands are still gathering there in the hope that they can flee the country which was overthrown by the Taliban.
From Wednesday to Thursday, the three states simultaneously issued almost identical and very specific warnings. Minutes before the explosion John Kirby had denied that reports suggested that evacuations from Afghanistan would be delayed by these threats.
“We will continue to evacuate people until the end”He tweeted. “Kabul evacuations will not stop in 36 hours”He assured.