KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide attack outside Kabul’s airport Thursday killed at least 2 people and wounded 15, Russian officials said. Large crowds of people have massed outside the airport as they try to flee the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.
A Blast outside Kabul airport Has killed 2, wounds 15, says RUSSIA
A bomb blast outside the Kabul Airport in Afghanistan has killed at least two people and wounded 15 more. The Pentagon confirmed the explosion, which occurred in a crowd of people waiting to enter the airport, according to Adam Khan, an Afghan waiting nearby. He said several people appeared to have been killed or wounded, including some who lost body parts.
Several countries urged people to avoid the airport earlier in the day with one saying there was a threat of a suicide bombing. But just days — or even hours for some nations — before evacuation efforts end few seemed ready heed that call.
Western nations had warned earlier in the day of a possible attack at the airport in the waning days of a massive airlift. Suspicion for any attack targeting the crowds would likely fall on the Islamic State group and not the Taliban, who have been deployed at the airport’s gates trying to control the mass of people.
Over the last week, the airport has been the scene of some of the most searing images of the chaotic end of America’s longest war and the Taliban’s takeover, as flight after flight took off carrying those who fear a return to the militants’ brutal rule.