Two suicide bombs went off at a busy gathering area outside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Thursday. “We can confirm that a number of US service members were killed in today’s complex attack at Kabul airport. A number of others are being treated for wounds. We also know that a number of Afghans fell victim to this heinous attack,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said. At least 60 Afghans and four U.S. Marines were killed. From another source, two U.S. officials say at least 12 U.S. service members were killed in the Afghanistan bombings, including 11 Marines and one Navy medic. Others were wounded. No group claimed immediate responsibility. US officials believe ISIS-K was behind the attack. Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated by the US military and NATO allies from the airport in the past two weeks. At the time of the attack, approaches to the airport’s gates were packed by thousands of Afghans who feared persecution by the Taliban.
The Taliban have condemned the attack, saying it occurred in an area controlled by U.S. forces. US President Joe Biden has been briefed on the explosions, a White House official said. There were other international reactions. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was chairing an emergency meeting of the Cabinet Office Briefing Rooms (COBR) meeting, following the explosion. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that those who have not yet been able to access evacuation flights from Kabul will not be forgotten, adding that the German Foreign Ministry is still in negotiations with the Taliban.