At least 12 US soldiers have been killed in bomb blasts at Kabul airport: US officials
A bomb blast near the Afghan capital, Kabul, has killed at least 12 American soldiers, US officials say.
Two separate bomb blasts near Kabul airport have killed at least 60 people, including children and US troops, and injured 140 others.
The Pentagon press secretary also confirmed the blast outside Kabul airport, according to a foreign news agency report.
According to Arab media, the blast killed at least 60 people, including children and US troops, and injured 140 others.
According to media reports, gunfire was also heard inside the airport, while the Taliban tightened security around the airport after the blast.
Afghan media say the target of the blast was people gathered outside Kabul airport.
Earlier, a Pentagon spokesman said the death toll from the blast at Kabul airport was not immediately clear.
US President Joe Biden has condemned the terrorist attack on Kabul airport and said that if additional forces are needed in Afghanistan, they will be sent. We will try to evacuate as many Americans as possible.
“We can’t say who carried out the attack, but there are reports that the attackers will have to pay the price. We will not forget this attack and we will not forgive it,” Biden said.
Biden said the Kabul attack would be answered by ISIS, and that the United States would decide when and when to respond.