Kabul airport attack kills 60 Afghans, 14 US troops.

Two suicide bombers and gunmen attacked a crowd of Afghan people who flocked to Kabul airport on Thursday, turning a desperate area into a scary place at the end of a flight for those fleeing to take. Taliban. The attack killed at least 60 Afghan people and 13 U.S. troops, Afghan and American officials said.

The US general in charge of rescue operations said the attacks would not prevent the United States from evacuating Americans and others, and flights continued. General Frank McKenzie, head of the US Central Command, said there was a lot of security at the airport and alternatives were being used to bring in rescuers. About 5,000 people were waiting for a flight to the airport, McKenzie said.

The blasts came hours after Western officials warned of a major attack, urging people to leave the airport. But the advice was largely ignored by Afghans who wanted to flee the country in the last days of US-led deportation before the United States officially ended its 20-year existence on August 31.

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The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the killings on its Amaq news channel. The ISIS alliance in Afghanistan is stronger than the Taliban, which recently controlled the country with a blitz. The Taliban were not suspected of involvement in the attack and condemned the blasts.

In a State of the Nation address, US President Joe Biden said the recent bloodshed would not drive the United States out of Afghanistan sooner than expected, and that he had asked the US military to make plans to boycott ISIS.

“We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and pay you, ”Biden said.

U.S. officials previously said 11 Marines and Navy medicine were among those killed. Another soldier died a few hours later. Eighteen soldiers were wounded and officials warned that the number could rise. More than 140 Afghans have been injured, an Afghan official said.

One of the suicide bombers struck people standing on their knees in a sewer under the scorching sun, and threw their bodies into the sewage. Those who, in early times, hoped to catch a plane would be seen transporting the injured in an ambulance with their unconscious, dark clothes and blood.

Emergency, an Italian charity that operates a hospital in Afghanistan, said it received at least 60 patients injured in the airport attack, as well as 10 who died on arrival.

“Surgeons will work late into the night,” said Marco Puntin, the agency’s director for Afghanistan. The injured flooded from the climbing area to the physical therapy area and more beds were added, he said.

The Afghan official who confirmed the Afghanistan tax spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not allowed to provide information to the media.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the explosion occurred near the entrance to the airport and another short distance near the hotel. McKenzie made it clear that failure at the airport allowed the suicide bomber to approach the gate.

He said the Taliban had inspected people outside the gate, although there was no indication that the Taliban had approved Thursday’s attack. He said the United States had asked Taliban commanders to tighten security near the airport area.

The second blast took place near and near the Baron Hotel, where many people including Afghans, British and Americans have been invited to gather in recent days before heading to the airport for rescue. More explosions could be heard later, but Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said several explosions were carried out by U.S. forces destroying their equipment.

A former Royal Marine soldier who runs a zoo in Afghanistan says he and his crew were caught in the blast near the airport.

“Suddenly we heard gunshots and our car was targeted. If our driver did not turn around, he would be shot in the head by a man with an AK-47,” Paul “Pen” Farthing told the British Press Association. .

Already, some countries have suspended their deportations and begun withdrawing their troops and diplomats, marking the beginning of the end of one of the largest planets.

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