In Afghanistan, an attack took place near the Kabul airport on Thursday – 12 American soldiers were killed and 15 injured. “The Americans who gave their lives in Afghanistan today are heroes,” said US President Joe Biden. Speaking hours after the attack, he asked for a moment of silence at the press conference to commemorate the dead.
In front of the airport in the Afghan capital, Kabul, it happened two explosions. Some sources say that dozens of people were injured and killed as a result of this incident. The Pentagon confirmed that 12 American soldiers were killed in Kabul and another 15 were injured. The so-called Islamic State took responsibility for the attack.
Joe Biden: We won’t forgive, we won’t forget. We’ll get you and make you pay
– The terrorists attacked. Our intelligence estimated that the attack was perpetrated by the so-called Islamic State. I was in constant contact all day with commanders in the Pentagon and Afghanistan. My commanders in Washington are working on this case, said President Joe Biden. – Americans who gave their lives are heroes. They were carrying out a very dangerous mission, saving the lives of others – he emphasized.
The US President drew attention to the efficient evacuation of US citizens from Afghanistan. “They keep us upright, they are the best we have to offer,” he said of the soldiers serving in Kabul. – We are in pain with the families of those who lost their lives and were injured in this attack. We are indignant and saddened, he stressed.
– Those who died today are part of a great company of heroes. I appeal to those who perpetrated this attack: know that we will not forgive, we will not forget. We will get you and make you pay, he assured. “I will defend our interests and our citizens by all possible means,” he added.
The so-called Islamic State admits to the attack
The so-called Islamic State took responsibility for Thursday’s bombing, said the Islamist propaganda body, the Amak agency. The suicide bomber “managed to reach a large gathering of US military translators and associates” outside the Baron Hotel near Kabul airport and “detonated a shahid belt among them, killing about 60 and injuring over 100 others, including Taliban fighters,” Amak reported.
US Defense spokesman John Kirby said there were two explosions at the Kabul airport as part of a “complex bombing” affecting civilians and US soldiers. Kirby reported that one of the explosions took place at Abbey Gate, one of the main entrances to the airport where people were gathering. The second explosion occurred outside the Baron Hotel, about 300 meters away. This hotel was used by British services for the initial screening of Afghans scheduled for evacuation.
Appeals to stay clear of Kabul airport
Thursday’s attack was preceded by many warnings from, among others US embassies, as well as representations of other countries, which warned their own citizens and Afghans against gathering at the airport gates.
Despite this, and despite the closed gates, crowds gathered in front of the entrances during the day. There was a sniper attack on one of the Afghan guards on Wednesday night, triggering an exchange of fire between Afghans and coalition troops.
According to CNN, the attack was supposed to test the reaction of the forces on the spot. The station added that American sources on the spot did not rule out another attack.
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