60 Afghans, 13 US troops killed in ISIS attack outside Kabul airport

India condemns bomb attacks near Kabul airport

Prime News, International, Terrorism, Kabul (Afghanistan), August 27:- At least 60 Afghans were killed, 13 United States troops and another 143 were wounded when two suicide bombers and gunmen attacked crowds of Afghans flocking to Kabul’s airport. The blasts came hours after Western officials warned of a major attack, urging people to leave the airport. Near about 5,000 people were awaiting flights on the airfield.

The Islamic State group, ISIS-Khorasan, claimed responsibility for the Kabul airport suicide attack. The IS affiliate in Afghanistan is far more radical than the Taliban, who recently took control of the country in a lightning blitz. The Taliban were not believed to have been involved in the attacks and condemned the blasts, according to AP reports.

One of the bombers struck people standing knee-deep in a wastewater canal under the sweltering sun, throwing bodies into the fetid water. The second blast was at or near Baron Hotel, where many people, including Afghans, Britons and Americans, were told to gather in recent days before heading to the airport for evacuation.

Head of US Central Command, General Kenneth Frank McKenzie, said the attacks would not stop the United States from evacuating Americans and others, and flights were continuing.

Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden has vowed to “hunt” down the terrorists and make them “pay” for the deadly attacks outside the Kabul airport. “To those who carried out this attack, as well as anyone who wishes America harm notice, we will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay. I will defend our interests and our people with every measure at my command,” Biden told reporters at the White House on Thursday (August 26).

“I express my deepest condolences to the loved ones and teammates of all those killed and wounded in Kabul today. We will not be dissuaded from the task at hand,” said US Defence Secretary Lloyd J Austin III.

As per reports, two of Afghanistan’s most prominent leaders, former President Hamid Karzai and Abdullah Abdullah, who led the High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR), have also been effectively put under house arrest by the Taliban.

India has strongly condemned the bomb blasts in Kabul. New Delhi extended condolences to the families of the victims of the terrorist attack. It said the attacks in Kabul reinforce the need for the world to stand unitedly against terrorism and all those who provide sanctuaries to terrorists. India’s Ministry of External Affairs also extended condolences to families of the victims of the attacks.

The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the terror attack and expressed his support for the victims of the blast.

French President Emmanuel Macron said that the situation in Kabul has seriously deteriorated and his country is coordinating with US allies to evacuate the maximum number of people. NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg has also condemned the attack and vowed to continue evacuations from Afghanistan.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the United Kingdom will continue its evacuation operation from Kabul despite the attack. (MR, NGB Inputs: Agencies)

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