The US ambassador to Afghanistan insisted there have been nonetheless “secure” methods to get to the Kabul airport Thursday, simply hours earlier than two lethal explosions.
Ambassador Ross Wilson acknowledged that there have been “imminent” and “credible” threats to the world, however stated it was nonetheless potential to journey to Hamid Karzai Worldwide Airport to evacuate.
“There are secure methods to comparatively secure methods to entry the airport, and we’re doing every part we are able to to facilitate that,” Wilson stated on “Good Morning America.”
He stated officers have been engaged on an “individualized foundation to help in attending to the airport in a secure and safe method.”
Wilson declined to supply extra particulars concerning the safety menace, however instructed that the crowds might be harmful as throngs of individuals determined to go away following the Taliban takeover gathered on the airport.
“Being a part of these enormous crowds that convene across the gates and entrances to the airport is harmful. We’re clearly involved about roaming folks as properly,” Wilson stated.
Wilson’s reassurances got here regardless of the US Embassy in Kabul advising Individuals to not journey to the airport Wednesday.
These already on the airport’s Abbey Gate, East Gate and North Gate have been suggested to go away instantly.
The next day, suspected suicide bombers focused the airport’s Abbey Gate, the Pentagon stated.
The explosion was adopted by one other blast lower than a mile away close to the Baron Lodge, officers stated.
A minimum of 12 US service members have been killed and one other 15 injured within the two suicide bombing assaults outdoors Kabul airport Thursday, in keeping with studies. Fox Information reported the grim new physique depend, which got here after officers stated 4 Marines have been killed. Preliminary estimates fluctuate, however an Afghan well being official informed the New York Instances that not less than 40 had been killed and 120 injured.
US officers strongly consider that the Afghan affiliate of Islamic State, often called Islamic State Khorasan, was behind the assaults, a supply acquainted with US congressional briefings stated.
With Publish wires