Islamic State claims responsibility of back-to-back blasts at Kabul airport
Kabul : Terrorist organization Islamic State has officially claimed responsibility of back-to-back blasts near Kabul airport which caused more than 90 casualties, including 12 US soldiers. Over 143 people were injured in the incident.
On Thursday evening, two back-to-back blasts occurred in different locations of the crowded Kabul airport. The terrorist outfit also released a picture of a suicide bomber that struck the crowded gates of Kabul airport, effectively shutting down the Western airlift of Afghans desperate to flee.
A suicide bomber from the Islamist militant group "managed to reach a large gathering of translators and collaborators with the American army at 'Baran Camp' near Kabul Airport and detonated his explosive belt among them, killing about 72 people and wounding more than 143 others, including Taliban fighters," the outfit said.
As soon as the first explosion was reported outside the Kabul airport, the Pentagon issued a statement: "We can confirm that the explosion at the Abbey Gate was the result of a complex attack that resulted in a number of US & 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," said the Pentagon.
Meanwhile the US and allied had released a warning in the morning that suicide bombers are planning to strike at the Kabul airport and released advisories asking people to empty the Kabul Airport.
It is learned that Islamic State called Taliban a traitor for signing a peace deal with the United States and this is among the reasons why the attack has been conducted over Taliban ruled Afghanistan.
Condemning the attack, Taliban tagged 'Kabul Airport blasts' as the terrorist act. Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen said, "We strongly condemn this gruesome incident and will take every step to bring the culprits to justice."