Taliban stand on the entrance gate of Hamid Karzai Worldwide airport whereas Taliban forces block the roads across the airport after yesterday’s explosions in Kabul, Afghanistan August 27, 2021. REUTER/Stringer
August 27, 2021
By Idrees Ali
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A lethal assault in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on Thursday was carried out by a single suicide bomber at a gate to the airport and there was no second explosion at a close-by lodge, the Pentagon mentioned on Friday.
The Kabul airport assault, which killed 13 U.S. troops and at the very least 79 Afghans, was claimed by Islamic State militants. The Islamic State’s Afghan affiliate, ISIS-Khorosan, has emerged as an enemy of each the West and of the Taliban.
The assault marked the primary U.S. army casualties in Afghanistan since February 2020 and represented the deadliest incident for American troops there in a decade.
U.S. Common Frank McKenzie, the pinnacle of U.S. Central Command, had mentioned on Thursday that preliminary data was that two suicide bombers had attacked the airport gate and the close by Baron lodge.
“I can verify for you that we don’t imagine that there was a second explosion at or close to the Baron Lodge, that it was one suicide bomber,” Military Main Common William Taylor advised reporters on Friday. He mentioned U.S. troops wounded within the assault have been now being handled in Germany.
Taylor mentioned about 300 U.S. residents had been evacuated within the final 24 hours, bringing the entire variety of Individuals evacuated to about 5,100.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby advised the reporters throughout the identical briefing that america believed there are nonetheless “particular, credible” threats in opposition to the airport.
“We definitely are ready and would count on future makes an attempt,” Kirby mentioned, including: “We’re monitoring these threats, very, very particularly, nearly in actual time.”
U.S. officers have mentioned the most important risk going through the airport are potential rocket assaults or automotive bombs.
Thursday’s assault occurred throughout a U.S.-led evacuation of tens of 1000’s of individuals. The Taliban got here to energy practically two weeks in the past as overseas forces started withdrawing, ending a 20-year struggle.
(Reporting by Idrees Ali and David Brunnstrom; Writing by Michelle Nichols; Enhancing by Chizu Nomiyama and Howard Goller)