Kabul: Attacks in the Afghan crowds were made by two gunmen and suicide bombers who were flocking in the Kabul airport on Thursday. The scene suddenly turned into a horror where the attack resulted in killing 13 US troops and 60 Afghans as said by the officials of US and Afghans.
The general of the US who is overseeing evacuation mentioned that these attacks would not restrict them from stopping the United States from taking the Americans and others and the flights will continue. U.S. Central Command head Gen. Frank McKenzie mentioned that there was strict security made at the Kabul airport and also the use of alternate routers were utilized to get the evacuees in. Gen. Frank McKenzie also added that more than 5000 people were waiting on the airfield for the flights.
These blasts were seen to come after the Western officials warned about the major attack and urged people to leave the airport. However, the advice was undermined by the Afghans who were desperate to leave the nation in these days of evacuation led by America before the US ended its official presence on 31st August.
On the Amaq News channel, the Islamic groups were claimed to be responsible for the attacks. In Afghanistan, the IS affiliate tends to be radical compared to the Talibans who have currently taken the nation’s control at the speed of light. It is believed that the Talibans were not involved in these attacks and blasts.
Joe Biden the US President mentioned in the emotional speech that this bloodshed will not stop the US from moving away from their words or moving earlier and also he has instructed the military to create a master plan for striking the IS.
As Biden mentioned, “We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay.”
Initially the US officials said that one Navy Medic and 11 Marines were among the deaths that happened. Later, another service member also lost his life. 18 service members were severely wounded and the official clearly mentioned that the count will grow. An Afghan official mentioned that over 140 Afghans were wounded in the blast.
One of these bombers was throwing the bodies into fetid water. These were also the people who were waiting for the flight a moment earlier were now wounded and on their way to hospital. The clothes were colored with their own blood.
One of the Italian charity hospitals that run in Afghanistan mentioned that they have received 60 patients who were severely wounded from the attack and 10 were already dead before they were brought.
The charity’s manager in Afghanistan, Marco Puntin said that, “Surgeons will be working into the night.” The overflow of wounded into their physiotherapy area led them to add more beds. The official pof afghans who mentioned the Afghan toll spoke being anonymous as he was noty the authorized to say anything to the media.
John Kirby, the Pentagon spokesman, mentioned that one of the explosions took place near the entrance of the airport and another was a bit away from the hotel. McKenzie also mentioned clearly that some major failure in the airport security has left the suicide bomber to come close to the gate and make the attacks.
He also said, “Taliban has been screening people outside the gates, though there was no indication that the Taliban deliberately allowed Thursday’s attacks to happen.” He also added that Talibans were asked to tighten their security around the perimeter.
Adam Khan who was waiting nearby saw that the very first explosion happened outside the Abbey gate. He mentioned that people were wounded and killed, including some who were maimed.
He mentioned that the second blast happened near or at the Baron Hotel where people including the Afghans, Americans and Britons were said to gather for evacuation. More than this, other explosions were also being heard in the later time. However Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban spokesman said that some of these blasts were made by the US force to destroy the equipment.
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