Two explosions outside Kabul airport kill civilians

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27 August 2021

At least 72 civilians have been killed in the two explosions outside Kabul airport

Two powerful bomb blasts have struck the perimeter of Kabul's International Airport, as civilians continued to seek to escape on flights from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. A senior health official in Kabul told the BBC that at least 90 people have been killed and 150 others wounded. Reports say the second explosion took place near a canal where Afghans were waiting to be processed, close to the gate, while a US official said that at least one attacker had been wearing an explosive vest.

Thursday 26 August’s attack was claimed by the Islamic State (IS) offshoot in Afghanistan, the Islamic State in Khorasan Province, ISKP (ISIS-K), which said its suicide bombers singled out “translators and collaborators with the American army”. Also the United States President Joe Biden confirmed that the bombings were carried out by ISIS-K.

The group is a regional affiliate of the group calling itself Islamic State and is active in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In recent years, it has been blamed for targeting girls' schools, hospitals, and even a maternity ward pregnant women, infants, and nurses.




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