13 people, including children and foreigners, have been killed in a “suicide” attack outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, confirms Taliban, claims that “several Taliban security guards” were injured in the blast.
The explosion took place at the Abbey gate entrance of the airport in the evening on Thursday, according to international media reports. However, it was not immediately clear who carried out the attack, the BBC reported.
A US official has told Reuters that the explosion was caused by a “suicide bomber”.
Meanwhile, Pentagon claims that the sound of gunfire was also heard at Kabul airport, however, could not give any more details of the explosion at Kabul airport.
The reports of the explosion came to light soon after warning of a “terrible” attack could take place at Kabul airport in a matter of hours, by James Heappey, Minister for the UK Armed Forces.
Meanwhile, a new directive was issued by the British Foreign Office on Wednesday. The directive instructed everyone in the vicinity of Kabul airport to evacuate to a safe zone and remain there until further notice.
The United States is currently in charge of security at Kabul Airport. More than a thousand British troops are helping the 5,800 US troops there.
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), on the other hand, has warned that people could be attacked on the way to the airport.
Meanwhile, James Heappey did not say when the last British plane would leave Kabul. However, he expressed hope that all foreign troops, including the United Kingdom, would be withdrawn before the last US aircraft left Afghanistan.
The United States has said it is trying to repatriate all US citizens and military personnel from Kabul before the August 31 deadline set by the Taliban.
The announcement was made at the White House after US President Joe Biden’s virtual meeting with G-7 leaders.
The Pentagon says US military aircraft are leaving Kabul airport every 39 minutes to evacuate Americans within the stipulated time.