This is the first attack of its kind since the Taliban took control of the country on August 15 with the seizure of the Afghan capital.
At least 95 people died and another 150 were injured in the double suicide attack carried out on Thursday by the jihadist group Islamic State (IS) at the Kabul airport, according to the latest casualty count released on Friday.
The death toll rose to 95 and the injured to 150, an official source assured Efe, who requested anonymity, adding that “due to the sensitivity” of what happened, he could not give more details.
The source did not clarify whether among the victims are the 13 US soldiers killed and the other 18 wounded in yesterday’s double attack near the airport, so the death toll could rise to more than a hundred.
The double suicide attack occurred yesterday after days in which the governments of several countries had warned of the possibility of attacks at the airport, where thousands of people were trying between jostling to access one of the evacuation flights since the taking of the capital Afghanistan by the Taliban on August 15.
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Se confirma que la explosión en el aeropuerto de Kabul fue un atentado suicida. Hay varios heridos gravemente tras el ataque. pic.twitter.com/l4f6JiZmss
— Alex Tienda 🌎 (@AlexTienda) August 26, 2021
The explosions took place in the middle of the afternoon, and images of dozens of bloodied and mutilated bodies in a canal filled with water located on the periphery of the airfield were soon published on social networks, where many civilians had been trying for days to get the security forces to take pity on them. them and allowed them to enter.
Hours later, the Afghan branch of the jihadist group Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attack, although it only echoed one of the explosions, perpetrated by one of its fighters, which managed to pass unnoticed through the security controls “of US forces and the Taliban militia around the capital. “
The main Taliban spokesman, Zabihulla Mujahid, “strongly condemned the attack on civilians at the Kabul airport, which took place in an area where US forces are responsible for security.”
This is the first attack of its kind since the Taliban took control of the country on August 15 with the seizure of the Afghan capital, despite rigorous security checks by Islamists throughout the city.
This Friday, several countries, including Spain and Australia, concluded the evacuation operations in Kabul.
Estados Unidos espera más ataques de parte del grupo Estado Islámico en Kabul, como el que se registró ayer en Afganistán, y está decidido a tomar represalias contra el grupo yihadista por el atentado en el aeropuerto, advirtió el Pentágono. @AFP #InternacionalesTR pic.twitter.com/UOSgQj03uU
— Telemetro Reporta (@TReporta) August 27, 2021