• 26 November, 2021 11:53 pm

11 US marines and Navy medic killed and several other wounded in Kabul blast, officers say

Injured are carried to a hospital in Kabul following a terrorist assault on the airport on Thursday (Kurdistan 24)

US officers have confirmed the deaths of as much as 12 US service members after two suspected suicide bomb assaults on Kabul airport.

Two US officers advised The Related Press {that a} collection of blasts within the Afghan capital killed 11 US Marines and one Navy medic offering help for the evacuations of US personnel and Afghan residents from Hamid Karzai Worldwide Airport.

John Kirby, a spokesman for the Pentagon, confirmed that Individuals had died and that at the very least two blasts occurred, with one going down close to the airport’s Abbey Gate, the place many Individuals used to reach on the airport.

Based on Mr Kirby, “a quantity” of US service members had been killed; he was equally imprecise concerning the variety of US troops injured.

He referred to the scene as a “complicated assault”, whereas information organisations and officers from different nations went additional and confirmed that they resulted from suicide bombings. A gunfight involving NATO forces additionally reportedly erupted after the primary blast occurred.

A report by the Wall Road Journal citing a US official put the loss of life toll at 4 marines with a number of troops injured.

An official with the Taliban initially advised reporters that 13 individuals together with some Taliban safety guards had died within the blast, although that quantity might rise.

No organisation is but to take accountability for the assault however Taliban, UK, and US officers pointed to Isis-aligned forces as seemingly chargeable for the bombing.

US officers made clear in congressional briefings that they “strongly imagine” Isis to be concerned, in keeping with Reuters.

“[T]he Islamic Emirate strongly condemns the bombing of civilians at Kabul airport,” a spokesperson for the Taliban stated, including “the Islamic Emirate is paying shut consideration to the safety and safety of its individuals, and evil circles can be strictly stopped.”

Adam Khan, an Afghan ready outdoors the airport, stated the primary blast went off in a crowd of individuals ready to enter the airport. Khan, who was about 30 yards away, stated a number of individuals appeared to have been killed or wounded, together with some who misplaced physique components.

A former interpreter with UK forces who was along with his spouse, and two younger kids ready for an evacuation flight reportedly stated: “It was like doomsday, injured individuals in every single place”.

Emergency, a volunteer group that runs conflict surgical procedure hospitals and first assist posts throughout Afghanistan, stated some individuals had been lifeless on arrival. “Now we have activated all mass casualty protocols,” it stated.

One other witness to the explosion described the horrific scene in an interview with Fox Information.

“Inside the gang, lots of people bought harm,” stated the person, who was recognized by the community as a Afghan nationwide and particular immigrant visa (SIV) applicant who had beforehand labored with US forces within the nation.

“I had a child girl– she was 5 years outdated. She died proper in my hand,’ he continued explaining that the kid belonged to a different couple. “I attempted to assist her.”

1000’s of Afghans have been gathered on the airport for days attempting to flee from the nation because the Taliban takeover earlier this month.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was first to verify the information of the deaths round midday jap US time on Thursday after preliminary reviews of the blasts got here in.

Mr Johnson advised reporters that he might ‘verify that there’s been a barbaric terrorist assault” in Kabul, including that “members of the US navy have, very sadly, misplaced their lives”.

The prime minister added that the UK would proceed evacuations, whereas a report from the Army Occasions indicated that US forces had been welding gates shut on the airport to forestall entry.

One of many blasts occurred in an lively wastewater canal the place Afghans had been lined up in waist-deep water to enter the airport, in keeping with the Army Occasions. One other occurred close to the Baron lodge the place UK forces are conducting safety checks on civilians looking for evacuation, although a senior British official advised The Impartial no UK service members had been injured.

The ultimate evacuees who’ve been accepted for journey to the UK, together with just a few nonetheless present process safety checks on the Baron lodge, are anticipated to be flown out of Afghanistan by the top of Friday, with the withdrawal of British officers, diplomats and troops anticipated to be accomplished by the top of the weekend.

None of these being processed on the Baron below the Afghan Relocations and Help Coverage (ARAP) had been injured by the bombs, one in every of which detonated near the lodge. And there have been no casualties or accidents amongst UK troops or officers.

A senior British supply stated it was now “extremely unlikely” that any extra individuals could be admitted into the airport to hunt evacuation on RAF flights.

On this night’s Cobr assembly, Mr Johnson was briefed on whether or not the withdrawal must be accelerated in response to the assault, however concluded that this was not vital because the mission was already near its finish and being terminated as rapidly and effectively as was doable.

The assembly reached no agency conclusion on accountability for the assault.

President Biden, who was scheduled to satisfy on Thursday with Israel’s new prime minister Naftali Bennett, cleared his agenda within the wake of the assault and is huddled along with his staff within the State of affairs Room.

US lawmakers reacted to the information of the blast with shock.

“Horrific terrorist assaults outdoors Kabul airport. My coronary heart breaks for the U.S. servicemembers wounded within the explosion and the harmless Afghan lives misplaced. I’m impressed by the energy and compassion of our troops and pray for his or her security,” tweeted Sen Mitt Romney.

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