The capital of Afghanistan, Kabul was shaken after Twin suicide bombs of Islamic State killed 72 civilians and 13 U.S. soldiers outside the gates of Kabul airport on Thursday. The blasts come at a time when desperate Afghan citizens are trying to flee the Taliban ruled Afghanistan. However, the evacuation program has been escalated despite threats of more attacks by ISIS.
At least two blasts and gunfire rocked the area, witnesses said. Video shot by Afghan journalists showed dozens of bodies strewn around a canal on the edge of the airport.
One of the attackers targeted the people who were standing knee-deep in the water canal to escape the heat and during this the bodies were scattered in the water. People who had been expecting to board the plane until some time ago were seen carrying the injured in ambulances. His clothes were stained with blood.
Apart from this, another 60 injured are being treated in a hospital. Two US officials said more than 60 US military personnel were injured and the number could rise. At the same time, Russia’s foreign ministry said two suicide bombers and gunmen targeted a crowd near the airport, killing at least 13 people and injuring dozens. However, it was not clear whether the figures provided by Russian officials included the number of US troops killed.
ISIS-K has claimed responsibility
According to site monitoring, the terrorist organization ISIS-K has claimed responsibility for the Kabul airport attacks. The terrorist organization has given this information through Telegram account. At the same time, a US official said on condition of anonymity that despite the area being targeted, flights were being taken from Kabul airport for the evacuation operation.
US President Joe Biden has warned terrorists from the White House about the Kabul attack and said that they will have to pay the price for these deaths. He said the US will not forget and that the militants group will not be forgiven. The US will hunt selectively. He said America will save its citizens living in Afghanistan, as well as evacuate its allies. The US mission will continue.
Afghanistan’s acting President Amrullah Saleh has said that the Taliban is denying its ties with ISIS, which is exactly what Pakistan claims about the terrorist organization Quetta. Every shows that IS-K cells have their roots in Taliban and Haqqani network particularly the ones operating in Kabul. Taliban have learned very well from the master, Saleh added. #Kabul
Guterres-Johnson condemns the attacks
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the terrorist attacks on Kabul airport. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson termed the attack as barbaric and said the evacuation operation needed to be continued swiftly.