Kabul, Aug 26: Over 20 people were killed, including US citizens, and more than 50 others were wounded as twin explosions ripped through milling crowds outside Kabul airport on Thursday evening.
Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said one explosion took place at the Abbey Gate of the airport, while the other one took place near Baron Hotel, a short distance away.
“We can confirm that the explosion at the Abbey Gate was the result of a complex attack that resulted in a number of US and civilian casualties. We can also confirm at least one other explosion at or near the Baron Hotel, a short distance from Abbey Gate. We will continue to update,” he said.
The blast occurred among a crowd of Afghans waiting close to the Baron camp who were trying to leave the country, according to an eyewitness, Tolo News said.
The Baron camp is adjacent to the airport.
According to Asvka News, the number of those dead is over 20 and more than 50 have been injured. It showed a graphic video of several people lying dead with body parts scattered and their belongings strewn across on the ground. Another website, Etilaatroz reported that several foreigners were among those killed in the explosion.
The US Embassy in a security alert said there has been a large explosion at the airport, and there are reports of gunfire. “US citizens should avoid traveling to the airport and avoid airport gates. Those at the Abbey Gate, East Gate, or North Gate now should leave immediately,” it said.
No group has claimed responsibility for the blast.
Earlier, the US embassy in Kabul warned US citizens to avoid the airport due to a possible terror attack.