Officials from the United States said that a suicide bomb caused an explosion at Kabul’s airport during a massive evacuation effort from Afghanistan. They cited an initial report but cautioned that it could change.
John Kirby, Pentagon Press Secretary, confirmed via Twitter that there was an explosion at the capital’s airport.
According to a U.S. official, there were some casualties in the explosion. However, it is not clear how many were hurt. According to initial information, three U.S. military personnel were among the injured.
Two U.S. officials stated that it seemed to be a suicide attack.
Since the day before Taliban forces took Kabul on August 15, a massive airlift of Afghans and foreign nationals as well as their families has been underway. This was the culmination of a rapid advance in the country after the withdrawal by U.S. troops.
According to a White House official, President Joe Biden was briefed about the explosion. According to a source familiar with the matter, Biden was speaking with security officials regarding the situation in Afghanistan. The United States is currently in the final stages of ending its 20 year-old war in Afghanistan.
The United States is racing to complete the airlift before the military pulls out completely from the country on August 31.
The U.S Embassy in Kabul issued an alert on Wednesday advising citizens not to travel to the airport. It also advised those who were already there to leave immediately due to unspecified “security threats.”
Kabul, a diplomat from the West, stated that the areas around the airport gates were “incredibly crowded” despite warnings.
The United States and its allies have mounted one of the biggest air evacuations in history, bringing out about 95,700 people, including 13,400 on Wednesday, the White House said on Thursday.