New Delhi: One after another two explosions took place outside Kabul airport on Thursday. Then came the chaos. At least one civilian, including a child, was killed in a suicide attack at a gate at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport in Afghanistan on Thursday.
The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a U.S. military base. The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of the entrance to the AB Gate, where British troops had recently been deployed. Several people injured in the blast have been taken to emergency hospitals.
According to reports, where the blast took place, it was one of the three gates that were closed after the threat of terrorism.
According to an eyewitness, the blast occurred from inside a crowd of Afghans trying to leave the country near the Baron camp. Baron’s Camp is adjacent to the airport.
No group has claimed responsibility for the blast. Earlier, the U.S. embassy in Kabul warned U.S. citizens to avoid the airport because of a possible Daesh attack.
John Kirby, the U.S. secretary of defense’s public affairs assistant, said the casualty figures were unclear at the moment, but there were reports of an explosion. Western nations on Thursday asked their citizens to evacuate the vicinity of Kabul airport because of the terrorist threat. Thousands of people are trying to reach the number of evicted flights.
Since the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) took control of the country on August 15, nearly 1,000,000 Afghans and foreigners have fled the country on US-led planes.
Huge crowds gathered at and around the airport as flights were called off ahead of Tuesday’s deadline to stop the ousting of U.S. President Joe Biden and the withdrawal of U.S. troops under his supervision.
An Italian evacuation plane caught fire while taking off from Kabul airport on Thursday. Meanwhile, initial reports said no one was injured in the alleged shootings. Several countries, including the United States, India, the United Kingdom and Canada, have been removing civilians and some Afghans since the Taliban took control of the war-torn country.
Italy is sending C130s to evacuate its civilians and Afghan nationals. Rome is evacuating Italian military personnel and people working with their families after the Taliban took over the country.
On August 2, the Group of Seven, or G-7, for emergency talks on the Afghan crisis, unanimously agreed that the Taliban should “guarantee” a safe passage for those who want to flee Kabul after August 1.