American forces launched a navy strike in Kabul on Sunday concentrating on a suspected suicide automotive bomber that was aiming to assault the airport, US officers stated.
The officers, talking on situation of anonymity, advised Reuters the strike focused suspected Islamic State group-Khorasan (IS-Okay) militants, a bunch that’s an enemy of each the West and the Taliban, and was liable for a suicide bomb assault exterior the airport gates on Thursday.
The assault by IS-Okay, a department of the Islamic State (IS) group, killed not less than 90 Afghans and 13 American troops as an enormous evacuation operation was underway following the Taliban’s seizure of Kabul on August 15.
Reporting from Kabul, FRANCE 24’s Cyril Payen stated the strike appeared to have occurred in space simply north of the Kabul navy airport.
“It was a really, very huge blast,” he stated, including that the Taliban had additionally confirmed it was a US air strike. Certainly what precisely occurred is much from clear.
“The suicide bomber was in a [bomb-laden] automotive, that means the explosive cost would have been huge,” Payen stated.
Two witnesses stated the blast appeared to have been brought on by a rocket that hit a home in an space to the northern aspect of the airport however there was no fast affirmation.
The US strike passed off whereas about 1,000 civilians waited on the airport to be flown out earlier than the final troops depart, a Western safety official advised Reuters.
“We need to make sure that each overseas civilian and people who are in danger are evacuated at this time. Forces will begin flying out as soon as this course of is over,” the official stated.
(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)