An explosion outside Kabul airport has reportedly left more than a dozen dead where it has been reported that around 13 US Service members and at least 60 Afghans have been killed.
According to the Pentagon and Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health, it is reported that around 60 Taliban guards have been killed and there have been around 140 casualties, including children. While confirming the news of the explosion, the US Department of Defence stated that it was not sure about casualties. Pentagon press secretary John Kirby tweeted- “We can confirm an explosion outside Kabul airport. Casualties are unclear at this time. We will provide additional details when we can.”
The deadly blasts came as the United States and other Western countries raced to complete a massive evacuation of their citizens and Afghan allies following the Taliban takeover of the country.
The report further added that the witnesses stated that several people were or wounded in the explosion which appeared to take place among crowds waiting outside one of the gates at Hamid Karzai International Airport.
Thousands of Afghans have been gathering at the airport’s gates in recent days in hopes of being evacuated. Footage posted to social media after the explosions showed chaotic scenes of crowds of people trying to help the wounded amid bodies on the ground. Photos showed apparently injured people being transported away from the scene in wheelbarrows.
The US Embassy in Kabul stated that the US citizens who were at the Abbey Gate, East Gate, or North Gate of the airport should leave immediately in the wake of the blast. Immediately after the explosions, gunmen opened fire on service members and civilians.
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