A massive explosion has been reported outside the Kabul airport on Thursday, killing at least 13 people. Reports suggest that 3 US military personnel were also wounded in the attack, Indiatoday reports
US and allied partners have warned their citizens to immediately leave the surrounding areas of Kabul airport over a terror threat, as thousands of people try to reach a dwindling number of evacuation flights.
The US military confirmed Thursday that a large explosion occurred outside the Kabul airport in Afghanistan, as the US-led airlift of thousands continued inside the compound.
“We can confirm an explosion outside Kabul airport. Casualties are unclear at this time. We will provide additional details when we can,” said Pentagon Spokesman John Kirby as he confirmed the incident.
We can confirm that the explosion near the Abbey Gate of the Kabul airport has resulted in an unknown number of casualties. We will continue to update.— John Kirby (@PentagonPresSec) August 26, 2021
Videos and photos of the explosion heard outside the airport were circulating on social media, with several users posting pictures on Twitter. one post shows the wounded been taking to the hospital
VIDEO: People being rushed to the hospital following reported suicide bomber attack at Kabul airport.— Election Wizard (@ElectionWiz) August 26, 2021
Since the takeover, over 90,000 Afghans and foreigners have fled the country via the US-led airlift