The death toll from Kabul Airport explosions has risen to 90 with more than 150 others wounded, as the ISIS-K claimed responsibility for the attack.
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – Khorasan Province suicide bombers attacked crowds of people gathered yesterday outside Hamid Karzai International airport hoping to flee Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.
The explosion also killed at least 13 US troops, with President Joe Biden vowing to hunt down those responsible.
President Biden said “We will not forgive. Will not forget. We will hunt you down — and make you pay”, adding that the attack near Kabul’s airport will not stop the United States’ mission to evacuate American citizens and Afghan civilians from Afghanistan.
Asked by a reporter if he bore any responsibility for the death of the US service members killed, Biden said: “I bear responsibility fundamentally for all that’s happened of late.”
The airport blasts came as the August 31 deadline looms for the United States to withdraw its troops, and for it and other Western countries to end a massive airlift that has already evacuated nearly 100,000 people.
The military has yet to provide any details of what occurred in the attack, which was carried out by the Afghanistan branch of the Islamic State jihadist group.
The Taliban meanwhile said it has not suffered any casualties.
The group’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said “We (Taliban) have not suffered any casualties. The incident took place in an area that is controlled by US forces”.