Two US officials said at least one of the blasts appeared to be from a suicide bombing. At least 60 people were injured in two blasts near Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport on Thursday evening, hospital officials said emergency.
The explosions occurred inside a crowd of Afghans near the Abbey Gate area trying to leave the country, US Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said.
“We can confirm that the explosion at Abbey Gate was the result of a complex attack which left a number of American and civilian casualties. We can also confirm at least one other explosion at or near the Baron Hotel, at a short distance from Abbey Gate. We will continue to update, “Kirby said.
At least 52 people were injured in the blast near the Baron Hotel, a short distance from Abbey Gate at Kabul airport, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said, adding that two blasts occurred. in the region and that the other explosion also claimed victims, but the number is not yet clear.
Note that a double suicide bombing that killed dozens of people, including 12 American soldiers, was claimed by the jihadist group Daesh.
The attack that occurred at one of the gates of Kabul International Airport, while evacuation operations were in full swing, was claimed by the ISIS branch in Afghanistan on its Telegram account, according to Reuters .
Explosions followed by shootings
Suicide bombers detonated their bombs in the midst of the crowd massed in front of Abbey Gate, one of the gateways to the airport, said the head of the US military central command.
A shooting then broke out, added Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, speaking via video link during a press conference at the Pentagon.