UN chief condemns ‘terrorist assault’ in Afghanistan
No less than two explosions went off outdoors Kabul’s airport on Thursday, hours after the US and its allies warned of doable assaults by Islamic State on crowds gathered there making an attempt to flee Afghanistan after the takeover by the Taliban.
Wounded males in blood-soaked garments had been ferried away from the scene in wheelbarrows, whereas a boy clutched the arm of a person with a head damage, in photos posted on social media.
“Our bodies, flesh and other people had been thrown right into a canal close by,” Milad, who was on the scene of the primary blast, instructed AFP.
“When individuals heard the explosion there was whole panic. The Taliban then began firing within the air to disperse the gang on the gate,” a second witness stated.
“I noticed a person dashing with an injured child in his arms.”
The 2 units had been detonated because the solar began to set, killing a minimum of six individuals and wounding many extra, in response to the Emergency Hospital in Kabul.
Reuters reported a minimum of 13 deaths.
Thick smoke billowed into the sky as males, girls and kids rushed away from the scene.
The Pentagon stated one explosion was on the Abbey Gate of Kabul airport, and a minimum of yet one more blast hit the close by Baron Lodge.
Shortly after, an AFP photographer noticed a number of our bodies arriving at a Kabul hospital, and greater than a dozen injured.
Ladies with blood-stained faces and garments wept because the wounded had been taken into the clinic on stretchers.
One other witness, 26-year-old Akram Lubega, who works for a catering agency, stated he heard the explosion and didn’t know what was taking place.
“After all we’re all scared,” the Ugandan nationwide stated.
“Everyone seems to be tense and the military is taking positions across the airport.”
The Taliban, whose members are guarding the perimeter outdoors the airport, are enemies of the Afghan affiliate of Islamic State, referred to as Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-Ok) after an previous identify for the area.
The Taliban condemned the blasts and stated the explosion occurred in space underneath the management of the US navy.
“The Islamic Emirate strongly condemns the bombing focusing on civilians at Kabul airport,” a press release launched by the group’s spokesman on Twitter stated.
“The explosion befell in an space the place US forces are accountable for safety.”
A Taliban official stated the assault was an act of terrorism that needs to be condemned by the entire world, including the presence of international forces within the nation was in charge, a Turkish TV channel stated.
“As quickly because the airport state of affairs is discovered and the international forces depart, we is not going to have such assaults anymore. It’s due to the presence of international forces that such assaults happen,” stated Abdul Qahar Balkhi, a member of the Taliban’s cultural fee, instructed Turkey’s Haberturk TV.