Kabul. Kabul Attack: Two serial bomb blasts in front of people waiting for an airlift at Kabul airport on Thursday to flee their country for fear of the Taliban administration’s brutality set a frightening scene. Until some time ago, many of the people who were hoping to reach another country safely by boarding a plane had died and were being loaded into the ambulance with a lot of screams. Hundreds of people were injured in the incident.
An assessment by French intelligence on Sunday issued an alert of a possible terrorist attack around Kabul airport. The Taliban then started issuing red alerts. People started giving so much to stay away from the airport. In the midst of all this, two suicide bombers and gunmen attacked two different places. One of these was the gate number 4 of the airport and the other was the area in front of a hotel located about one and a half kilometers away from the airport.
American intelligence also issued an alert about 24 hours before the attack. The US had accurate and precise information about this terrorist attack. Despite this the attack took place.
The death toll from the Kabul airport bombings has risen to 170, CBS news agency quoted an Afghan official as saying. ISIS-K (Islamic State offshoot) has claimed responsibility for the attack. Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) – Suicide bombers from Khurasan province attacked a crowd of people gathered outside Hamid Karzai International Airport on Thursday in hopes of fleeing Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. Thirteen U.S. soldiers were also reported killed in the blast.
Following the incident, US President Joe Biden has vowed to take revenge on the terrorists responsible. “We will not forgive or forget this incident,” Biden said. We will take revenge. President Biden said the U.S. mission to evacuate U.S. citizens and Afghan nationals from Afghanistan would not be stopped amid the attack near Kabul airport.
Asked by a reporter if he took any responsibility for the deaths of members of the U.S. service killed Thursday, Biden said: “I take fundamental responsibility for all of them.”
The head of US Central Command, General Frank Mackenzie, said there was a large amount of security at the airport, and alternative routes were being used to facilitate evacuations. About 5,000 people were waiting for flights in the airspace, Mackenzie said. The blasts came hours after Western officials warned of a major attack, urging people to leave the airport.
But in the last days of the US-led evacuation, Afghans desperate to flee the country largely ignored that advice, before the US officially ended its 20-year presence on August 31.
IS in Afghanistan is far more radical than the Taliban. It is believed that the Taliban was not involved in the attacks and condemned the blasts, but the reality is that the incident is a gang war between two terrorist organizations.