Kabul — At least 13 US service members and 90 Afghans were among the over 100 killed at the Kabul airport Thursday as two blasts ripped through crowds trying to enter the American-controlled facility.
ACCORDING TO US CENTRAL COMMAND, thirteen US service members have died due to the attack at the Kabul airport Thursday. The total number of US service members injured is now 18, said Capt. Bill Urban, a spokesperson for CENTCOM.
An assault by gunmen followed a suicide bomb attack at the airport’s Abbey Gate, officials said. Another bomb attack took place nearby, at a hotel outside the airport, officials said. Eighteen US service members were injured, the Pentagon said.
According to volunteers and medical staff, the Afghan Health Ministry confirmed the Kabul death toll increased to more than 90 killed and 150 wounded.
In response, US President Joe Biden has ordered military commanders “to develop operational plans to strike ISIS-K assets, leadership, and facilities.”
Meanwhile, the US command is coordinating with the Taliban on security for the airport.
While the threat from ISIS is extremely real,” troops are still assisting with bringing people onto the airfield at Kabul’s airport.