At least two explosions were recorded in Afghanistan this Thursday (26). US Defense Ministry Spokesman John Kirby said on social media that the explosion at Kabul Airport’s Abbey Gate was “the result of a complex attack that resulted in a series of civilian and American casualties” and that there were also a blast at the Hotel Baron, near the airport.
According to Taliban sources consulted by Al Jazeera, the explosion left at least 13 dead and 52 injured.
The Afghan news agency Tolo News claims that the explosion occurred in a crowd trying to leave the country and that no group claimed responsibility for what could be a terrorist attack.
Kabul Airport is the scene of repatriation flights for foreigners who leave Afghanistan after the Taliban took power, as well as the departure of immigrants and refugees. According to the United States, 88,000 people have already left the country and around 10,000 people were waiting on the morning of Wednesday (25) this week to board.
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The deadline for the departure of US citizens and their allies from the country, August 31, would have been one of the points of alleged recent conversation between the Taliban and the director of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), William Burns.
More than 5 million Afghans are refugees or have had to leave their homes, says the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). In 2021 alone, 500,000 Afghans had to flee their homes as a result of the violence — and more than 80% of the most recent victims are women or children
Edition: Arturo Hartmann