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13 U.S. Troops Dead, More Injured In Suicide Attacks Near Kabul Airport


Smoke rises from explosion from outside Kabul’s airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. An explosion went off Thursday outside Kabul’s airport, where thousands of people have flocked as they try to flee the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. Officials offered no casualty count, but a witness said several people appeared to have been killed or wounded. (AP Photo/Wali Sabawoon)

AFGHANASTAN — Two suicide attacks were carried out outside the crowded Kabul airport on Thursday evening. At least 13 United States servicemembers were killed and others were wounded, according to Fox News. Those killed include 12 Marines and 1 Navy Medic.

The civilian death toll is at least 60 with over 100 wounded. The Islamic State wing known as ‘ISIS-K is believed to be responsible for the attacks.

The first bomb was detonated near the airport’s Abbey Gate and the other near the Baron Hotel. Hours later, witnesses reported a third blast elsewhere in the city.

“We can confirm that the explosion at the Abbey Gate was the result of a complex attack that resulted in a number of US & civilian casualties,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby wrote in a Tweet. “We can also confirm at least one other explosion at or near the Baron Hotel, a short distance from Abbey Gate.”

Kirby later issued this statement: “We can confirm that a number of U.S. service members were killed in today’s complex attack at Kabul airport. A number of others are being treated for wounds. We also know that a number of Afghans fell victim to this heinous attack. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the loved ones and teammates of all those killed and injured.”

The attacks come a day after officials in Washington urged Americans to leave the area due to a ‘security threat.’

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President Biden was briefed as worries grew of more attacks in the area.

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On Wednesday, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said at least 1,500 Americans remained in Kabul.

We are awaiting comment from the Pentagon and The White House. Watch live below.

 

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