Kabul: Twin explosions outside Kabul airport on Thursday night have killed at least 13 people, including children, local media reported. The blasts also have injured nearly 15 people. And among them, 3 US soldiers have also sustained injuries.Also Read - It Was a Mistake: Top US Military Commander on Kabul Drone Strike That Killed 10 Civilians
As per reports, one of the explosions took place at the airport’s main Abbey Gate, where thousands of people have massed over the past 12 days hoping to be evacuated. Also Read - Land of Afghanistan Should Not Be Used To Spread Terrorism In Any Country: PM Modi at SCO-CSTO Outreach Summit
Issuing a statement, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the explosions outside Kabul airport on Thursday were ‘terrorist attacks’. Also Read - Recent Developments in Afghanistan Prove Radicalisation Biggest challenge to Peace: PM Modi at SCO Summit | Key Points
Zabihullah Mujahid said the group had provided information to the Americans about a possible terror attack by ISIL — The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
“The group has provided information to the Americans about possible ISIL terrorist attacks on Kabul airport. The Taliban are committed to the international community and will not allow terrorists to use Afghanistan as a base for their operations,” he added.
As per updates, a suspected suicide bomb exploded outside Kabul airport on Thursday, killing at least 13 people including children, a Taliban official said. The official also added that many Taliban guards were wounded.
However, many Western troops have rushed to evacuate foreigners and Afghans who helped Western countries during the 20-year war against the Taliban, and to get out themselves by an Aug. 31 deadline.
On the other hand, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said there had been an explosion and it was unclear if there were any casualties.
One explosion went off in a crowd of people waiting to enter the airport, according to Adam Khan, an Afghan waiting nearby. He said several people appeared to have been killed or wounded, including some who lost body parts.
Several countries urged people to avoid the airport earlier in the day, with one saying there was a threat of a suicide bombing. But just days or even hours for some nations before the evacuation effort ends, few appeared to heed the call.