Thirteen members of the US military were killed and 15 more were injured in the attack at Kabul’s airport, Gen. Kenneth “Frank” McKenzie, head of the US Central Command, said at a briefing.
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“It’s a hard day today,” McKenzie said.
McKenzie said the attack included two suicide bombers followed by gunmen opening fire. Pentagon officials say twelve U.S. Marines and a Navy medic are dead in the suicide attack, explosion at the Abbey gate outside the Kabul airport.
President Joe Biden addressed the nation saying “We will hunt you down and make you pay,” referring to the terrorists who blew up our troops.
The death toll from yesterday’s suicide attacks in Kabul is now over 100.
The Pentagon says 13 U.S. service members are among the dead, including ten Marines, two soldiers and one sailor.
They were the first U.S. soldiers to die in the conflict since February of 2020, and it was the deadliest attack in Afghanistan since 2011.
It happened as two bombs went off outside the Kabul airport, where crowds have been gathering as the U.S. evacuation deadline approaches.
The Pentagon says another 18 U.S. service members were injured in the attacks, which were carried out by the ISIS-K terrorist group.
The explosion was reported Thursday at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, the Department of Defense confirmed.
We can confirm an explosion outside Kabul airport. Casualties are unclear at this time. We will provide additional details when we can.
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“We can confirm an explosion outside Kabul airport. Casualties are unclear at this time,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby tweeted.
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Video coming out of Afghanistan shows the immediate aftermath of the suicide bombing explosion outside of Kabul airport.
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“We will provide additional details when we can.”
Three U.S. Marines were reportedly injured in the Kabul attack.
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The Pentagon believes this is a coordinated attack with a second explosion outside of a hotel.
#BREAKING: Video purports to show second bombing near the Baron hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan.
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