Kabul, August 26 (AP) — An explosion went off on Thursday outside the Kabul airport, where thousands of people have gathered to try to flee the country on Western airlift since the Taliban seized power earlier this month. The Pentagon confirmed the blast, with no immediate word on casualties.
Western nations had warned of a possible attack on Kabul’s airport in the waning days of the massive evacuation efforts.
Here’s what has happened over the past few hours, a point summary from BBC:
- At least 90 people are thought to have died and more than 150 injured as a result of yesterday’s attacks on the Hamid Karzai airport in Kabul
- A Taliban official says at least 28 of the Afghans killed were Taliban members
- Evacuation of civilians have now been accelerated after the attacks, a Western security official told Reuters, adding that flights are taking off regularly
- US President Joe Biden has sworn revenge on the attackers, saying he would “hunt them down”
- This, as the US warned that more attacks could come, with US commanders saying they were on alert for possible rockets or vehicle-borne bombs targeting the airport