At least 60 Afghans and 13 US troops have been killed and dozens of others wounded, medical sources and US officials have said, after two powerful explosions took place outside Kabul’s international airport amid a huge and chaotic evacuation effort from Afghanistan.
A “complex attack” on Thursday at the airport in Afghanistan’s capital caused a number of US and civilian casualties, the Pentagon said.
US President Joe Biden pledged to retaliate against the attack in Kabul, confirming that the bombings were carried out by Islamic State Khorasan Province, ISKP (ISIS-K) the ISIL’s (ISIS’s) group affiliate in Afghanistan.
“We will hunt you down and make you pay. I will defend our interests in our people with every measure at my command.”
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said one blast occurred near the airport’s Abbey Gate and the other close to the nearby Baron Hotel. Two US officials said at least one of the explosions appeared to be from a suicide bombing.