Authorities say two explosions took place outside Kabul airport as thousands of people fled the country.
The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a hotel where British troops and journalists were staying, according to British defense sources. Abbey Gate..
The United Kingdom, the United States and other countries are working to end the evacuation of tens of thousands of people before the August 31 deadline.
The Pentagon press secretary said the death toll was unknown, but Taliban officials said at least 13 people had been killed, including children.
Eyewitnesses to the blasts cited. Relevant institution The news agency reported seeing several people killed or injured.
The White House says US President Joe Biden was notified of the bombing.
A spokesman for No. 10 confirmed that Prime Minister Boris Johnson had been updated on the situation at Kabul airport and said that he was a Cobra meeting. After this afternoon.
Sky News chief correspondent Stuart Ramsay said his sources told him the blast was caused by a suicide bomber who blew himself up in the canal.
It comes later. According to a senior British source, there is a “high risk of a terrorist attack” against the evacuation operation. By British and other coalition forces in Kabul. The type of attack the group is known for is suicide bombings such as car bombings or suicide bombings.
He added: “We are not sure about the number of casualties, we have to assume several civilians, but initial reports tell us that American soldiers, not British soldiers, but American soldiers were wounded.”
“It was clearly a dangerous place because of the number of people coming from there, and the fact that there is no real test of what people are taking or wearing to get to the canal area. “
Ramsay said the attack “is not appropriate inside the airport, is on the airport wall, and is a road leading to the processing area that was originally established by the British.”
The blast came after a warning earlier in the day that an “extremely deadly” terrorist attack could take place at the airport in a matter of hours.
After the blast near Kabul Airport, Ministry of Defense Tweeted: “We are working hard to establish what happened in Kabul and its impact on ongoing evacuation efforts.”
Our primary concern is the safety of our personnel, British citizens and citizens of Afghanistan. We are in close contact with our US and other NATO allies on an operational level in response to this incident.
Deborah Haynes, Sky News’ foreign affairs editor, said she had previously spoken to an Afghan translator outside Kabul Airport with her three-month-old daughter, three-year-old son and wife.
It comes later. The Taliban are urging people to leave Kabul airport after 12 people were killed. Since Sunday, both the Taliban and NATO officials there have said they were killed in a shootout or stampede in and around the airport.
He waited five days for action and had all the right documents.
Since the explosion, Haynes has been unable to contact him.
She says she told him she was disappointed to leave Afghanistan for her life and that of her family.
Conservative MP for Weldon Nusrat GhaniHe said on Twitter that he was on the phone with an Afghan outside the airport when he heard the explosion.