Two men blew themselves up near the Kabul airport area, where the Americans coordinate the evacuation of Afghans and foreigners, following the Taliban seizure of power.
The detonations occurred at sunset Thursday, killing at least 13, including children, although the actual number could be higher than 30, among Afghan civilians and US soldiers.
It was in the vicinity of the Abbey gate, at the airport entrance, and on the sewage canal, in the vicinity of the Baron Hotel, that Afghans who wanted to leave the country were processed.
Since last night, the United States and its NATO partners have recommended that their citizens stay away from the area due to a high risk of attacks.
John Kirby, a spokesman for the Pentagon, was the first to officially confirm the news this morning on Twitter, where he continued to upload updates from the events. “We can confirm that the explosion at the Abbey Gate was the result of a complex attack that resulted in a series of civilian and American deaths. We can also confirm at least one other explosion at or near the Baron Hotel, a short distance from Abbey Gate. “
US officials “strongly believe” that the ISIS-Khorasan group was behind the attack, a source familiar with congressional briefings on Afghanistan told Reuters.