A third blast has been heard after two bombs went off at Kabul air terminal today while individuals endeavored to leave Afghanistan.
No less than ten US marines are among the dead, it has been accounted for, just as ‘many’ Afghan fatalities with the exact number unspecific but believed to be at least 60.
Taliban authorities prior said that no less than 13 individuals including kids have been accounted for dead at Hamid Karzai International Airport.
One bomb exploded at Abbey Gate right outside the airport, and no less than one different was exploded at the Baron Hotel not far off. The attacks are accepted to have been executed by self destruction bombers.
A US official says the attack outside Kabul airport is ‘certainly ratified’ to have been completed by the Islamic State bunch.
The Taliban have denounced the bombings, saying they occurred in a space constrained by US powers.
Third Explosion Heard In Kabul After At Least 60 Killed Including Ten US Marines
The British Ministry of Defence said in a statement: ‘We are working urgently to establish what has happened in Kabul and its impact on the ongoing evacuation effort.
‘Our primary concern remains the safety of our personnel, British citizens and the citizens of Afghanistan. We are in close contact with our US and other NATO allies at an operational level on the immediate response to this incident.’
The Pentagon’s press secretary, John Kirby, tweeted: ‘We can confirm an explosion outside Kabul airport. Casualties are unclear at this time.
‘We can confirm that the explosion at the Abbey Gate was the result of a complex attack that resulted in a number of US and civilian casualties.
‘We can also confirm at least one other explosion at or near the Baron Hotel, a short distance from Abbey Gate.’
A witness said he heard the explosion as he was walking to his evening prayer.
Ahmad, whose name has been changed for security reasons, said he is safe as he was some distance from the blast.
‘First was explosion, and then firing started, I mean… heavy gunfire,’ he said.
‘But even far away people were running… there’s alarm.’
He said he had hoped to flee Afghanistan but there has been ‘no way’ to access the airport in recent days and ‘tens of thousands of people’ outside it.
Conservative MP Nus Ghani said she was on the phone to somebody outside Kabul airport when the blast took place, tweeting: ‘Explosion at Kabul airport. I was on the phone to an Afghan outside the airport when he heard the explosion.
‘Praying that he gets away safely and we get his family safe passage out of this nightmare.’
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‘If you are in the area of the airport, move away to a safe location and await further advice.’
There have been increased tensions around the airport in Kabul in recent days as the August 31 deadline nears for foreign forces to exit the country.
UK armed forces minister James Heappey previously warned there is ‘very credible reporting’ of an ‘imminent’ and ‘severe’ threat.
He had urged people queuing outside the airport to move to safety amid concerns over an affiliate of the so-called Islamic State in Afghanistan, known as Isis-K.