The US launched a drone attack on Sunday that “eliminated the immediate terrorist threat” to the Kabul airport, the military said. It added that the attack was aimed at an attacker from the Islamic State of Khorasan Province (IS-Ch). Earlier that day, the media reported an explosion near the airport. It is not clear whether these are two different events.
The US military made a “self-defense strike” with a drone that took off outside Afghanistan and attacked a car in Kabul, the US Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a press release. It was added that there is no information on casualties among civilians so far.
There were several suicide bombers in the car, and the impact caused severe secondary explosions, suggesting that the vehicle contained a significant amount of explosives, the Associated Press reported, citing sources among US officials.
The US anti-terrorist operation was also confirmed in a press release by Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, but did not provide any additional details.
Earlier on Sunday, it was reported that a rocket had struck a private home located northwest of Kabul airport. News agency reports came from eyewitnesses and local media. The explosion after the rocket hit was also confirmed by the head of the Kabul police, who said that a child had died in it.
Information on the US attack and missile strike is fragmentary; it is not known if these are two different events, as initially presented by the Taliban, writes the PA agency. He added that the witnesses in Kabul heard only one big blast on Sunday. US ABC television links the two events, while the BBC and Reuters report that the link between the two has not yet been confirmed.
The United States warned of a possible next attack
Earlier on Sunday The United States issued a warning of a possible further attack in the Afghan capital. In a statement released, the US Embassy in Kabul warns of “a specific and credible threat”. Also, the Taliban who control Kabul judged the risk of another attack “very high”.
The Taliban are particularly concerned about the southern entrance to the airport, which is protected by an armed group, as well as the northwest corner of the airport. “The Taliban said they were incredibly concerned about the threat posed by the IS. They pushed people away, put barbed wire across the road to stop anyone wishing to come in and be able to break the crowd away,” reported Al-Jazeera.
The evacuation from Kabul is coming to an end
Meanwhile, an evacuation operation led by American forces ends at the airport in Kabul. Earlier on Sunday, Reuters reported that there are still just over 1,000 civilians left ready for departure. – We want every foreign civilian and those who are at risk to be evacuated today. Military forces will begin to leave Kabul after this process is over, the Reuters agency quoted a Western security official in the Afghan capital.
President Joe Biden made a reservation that the United States would meet the August 31 deadline for withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. An American official told Reuters on Saturday that less than 4,000 soldiers remained at the Kabul airport.
On Thursday, terrorist attacks were carried out at the international airport in Kabul, targeting crowds gathering in its vicinity. The terrorist organization Islamic State of the Khorasan Province (ISIS-K) admitted to carrying out the attacks. 169 Afghans and 13 American soldiers were killed in the attacks, the PA agency reported.
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