The Taliban have blocked access to Kabul airport

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New Delhi: The Taliban closed the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul to all traffic on Friday evening after a bomb blast.

The main gate of the airport is empty for people after the road is closed and Taliban security guards are visible with only military vehicles around the gate. But despite the ban, many people, including women and children, are waiting for the Taliban to open the road near the security checkpoint.

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The crowd is less than the previous day. The Taliban have also stopped buses at security checkpoints at the airport, which foreign embassies have invited to enter the airport via email and mobile phones.

Residents of houses in the vicinity of the airport have also been forced to walk to other parts of the city due to road closures. A resident of the area said the Taliban had evacuated people from the area around the airport after the bombing last night.

Two separate bombings at President Hamid Karzai’s airport in the evening killed at least 13 U.S. troops and 90 Afghan civilians.

A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said on his Twitter account that the bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a U.S. military base.

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