The Pentagon press secretary John Kirby has confirmed that there has been an explosion outside the Kabul airport.
According to one U.S. official, there have been injuries among Afghans but there is no word on U.S. casualties.
The situation is continuing to develop.
Thousands of people had gathered at gates outside the airport, and President Biden had warned it was becoming an attractive target for terrorists.
“There are real and significant challenges that we also have to take into consideration,” Biden said Tuesday in explaining his plan to withdraw by Aug. 31 despite calls to extend the mission. “The longer we stay, starting with the acute and growing risk of an attack by a terrorist group known as ISIS-K, an ISIS affiliate in Afghanistan — which is the sworn enemy of the Taliban as well — every day we’re on the ground is another day we know that ISIS-K is seeking to target the airport and attack both U.S. and Allied forces and innocent civilians.”
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