Twin blasts rock Kabul airport, at least 13 casualties reported
Kabul : Hours after a warning of terrorist attack was announced by the Western nations, asking their citizens to stay away from Kabul airport, twin blasts have been reported with several casualties including civilians.
John Kirby, assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs US, confirmed an explosion outside Abbey Gate of the Kabul airport and mentioned that the number of casualties are unclear.
A Taliban official later said that a suspected suicide bomb exploded outside Kabul airport; 13 people including children have lost their lives in the blast.
In another tweet John Kirby informed about another blast at or near Baron Hotel, a short distance from Abbey Gate.
The western nations had warned their citizens to leave Kabul airport and surroundings immediately as they have warned of a 'high terror threat'.
Several people have been crowding Kabul airport in a bid to get airlifted from the nation. More than 90,000 people have been evacuated from Afghanistan since August 15, when Taliban took over the nation.
One reason for the hard deadline cited by Biden and his aides this week was an "acute" terrorist threat from the regional chapter of the Islamic State group.
The US government and allies sounded an alarm for its citizens on Thursday to avoid the airport area.
"Those at the Abbey Gate, East Gate, or North Gate now should leave immediately," said the US State Department, citing unspecified "security threats".