A UK minister has warned that there is a “very credible” threat of a “highly lethal” terror attack at Kabul airport in a matter of hours.
Britain’s Armed Forces Minister James Happy Thursday said there is “very credible reporting” of the “imminent” and “serious” threat to the airport from the ISIS terrorist group.
The US embassy in Kabul issued an alert on Wednesday evening, urging citizens to avoid traveling to the airport and asking those already at the gate to be treated immediately, citing unspecified “security threats”. should leave.
Britain and Australia have also urged their citizens and visa holders not to travel to the airport, where thousands are waiting to leave the country before the August 31 deadline.
The British government now believes there is a “very imminent” risk of a “highly lethal” attack within Kabul, Happy told “BBC Breakfast”.
“As a result, we have had to change the travel advisory to advise people not to come to the airport, actually walk away from the airport, find a place of safety and wait for further instruction,” he said.
He told LBC radio that a possible attack could happen within “hours”, adding the ISIS terrorist group, also known as Daesh, “is guilty of all kinds of evil.”
“The desire to target a major international humanitarian mission is completely reprehensible, but it is sad to see the formation of a barbaric organization like Daesh,” he said.
US President Joe Biden has rejected Britain and other allies’ requests to extend the August 31 deadline, saying he prefers to release US troops on August 31, as longer stays would cost him the name ISIS-K. Terrorist attacks by a group are at risk. .
ISIS-K, or Islamic State Khorasan, is an ISIS affiliate in Afghanistan consisting of disaffected Taliban members who take an even more extreme view of Islam.
The group carried out a series of brutal attacks that included the 2020 attack on a maternity hospital in Kabul, which left infants and women dead.
ISIS-K is said to be an enemy of the Taliban, but is believed to have risen in ranks as the Taliban freed prisoners across the country.
Eight RAF flights within the last 24 hours managed to lift 1,988 people from Kabul, Heppy said, taking the total to 12,279 since the Taliban came to power.
He said Britain had 11 more flights from Kabul scheduled for Thursday, but declined to say whether this would be the end of the operation.
PA, Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times