Taliban Afghanistan Crisis Latest Highlights, Kabul Airport Attack, Kabul Latest Updates August 26 today: Two suicide bombers and gunmen targeted crowds massing near the Kabul airport on Thursday, in the waning days of a massive airlift that has drawn thousands of people seeking to flee the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. At least 13 people were killed and 15 wounded, Russian officials said.
A US official said the complex attack was “definitely believed” to have been carried out by the Islamic State group, whose affiliate in Afghanistan grew out of disaffected Taliban members who hold an even more extreme view of Islam.
At least 13 people died and 15 were wounded, according to Russia’s Foreign Ministry, which gave the first official casualty count. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby also confirmed the blasts, saying one was near an airport entrance and another was a short distance away by a hotel.
Earlier in the day, as thousands of Afghans continue to flock to the Hamid Karzai International Airport ahead of the August 31st deadline in a hope of miraculous rescue by Western forces, the US has issued an alert for its citizens in and around Afghan capital city Kabul. In an alert issued today, the US Embassy says that the Americans should avoid the airport and those who have already reached the airport should leave ‘immediately’. The alert comes a day after US President Joe Biden had spoken about the imminent ISIS threat during his G7 meeting. Meanwhile, the Indian Air Force’s special flight is set to bring back another batch of evacuees from Kabul today.
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