On Thursday, Aug. 26, U.S. officials confirmed two explosions had occurred outside Kabul airport in an attack most likely to be suicidal attacks. A second explosion happened outside the Baron Hotel.
The attacks have left 13 U.S. marines and soldiers dead, with at least 60 Afghans dead.
An eye witness told the outlet that around 150 injured people were rushed to a local hospital following the attacks.
Footage showing piles of bodies, indicating more deaths than just the 13 reported, had been updated on social media.
“We can confirm that the explosion at the Abbey Gate was the result of a complex attack that resulted in a number of U.S. & civilian casualties,” said Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby on Twitter. “We can also confirm at least one other explosion at or near the Baron Hotel, a short distance from Abbey Gate.”
Two U.S. officials told Reuters that at least one of the explosions was a suicidal attack. Sky News chief correspondent Stuart Ramsay said one person reportedly blew himself up “in a Canalway.”
Reuters said one person who contacted a witness via text message claimed there looked to be two independent but simultaneous strikes, one by a suicide bomber near buses lined up outside Abbey Gate, followed by small weapons fire.
The explosion at Baron Gate, meanwhile, was said to have killed children.
The deadly events came soon after the United States and its partners urged Afghans to flee the region due to an Islamic State danger.
The Islamic State Khorasan, or ISIS-K, which emerged around 2015, was hostile to the Taliban and the United States and Afghan troops that had captured and terminated its former leaders.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul sent an urgent warning to Americans about the “security dangers” associated with Kabul airport where evacuation flights are taking, telling people at gates of the airfield to leave immediately or avoid coming to the area.
A Western diplomat told Reuters that crowds outside the airport gates were still highly cramped despite the warnings.
According to the White House, President Joe Biden was briefed on the explosion.