Kabul airport bombing: Death toll rises to 175...

Dhaka, Wednesday   20 October 2021

Kabul airport bombing: Death toll rises to 175

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 09:25 AM, 28 August 2021  

Kabul airport bombing: Death toll rises to 175

Kabul airport bombing: Death toll rises to 175

A suicide bomber attacked crowds of Afghans at Kabul’s airport, transforming a scene of desperation into one of horror in the waning days of an airlift for those fleeing the Taliban takeover.

At least 175 people were killed and over 150 others were wounded in the blast on Thursday.

The Pentagon said on Friday it has determined that the attack at the Kabul airport involved only one location and not two as was previously reported.

The Pentagon said there was one ISIL-affiliated suicide bomber, who struck at the Abbey Gate, where desperate Afghans were crowding to try and enter Kabul airport grounds and where US troops were conducting security checks.

Major General Hank Taylor, the deputy director for regional operations on the Pentagon’s Joint Staff, told reporters on Friday that there was no second explosion near the Baron Hotel near the airport.

The bomber struck Afghans standing knee-deep in a wastewater canal under the sweltering sun, throwing bodies into the fetid water.

The Taliban’s August 15 capture of Kabul triggered an exodus of foreign nationals and workers, along with Afghans who worked with foreign militaries and groups to flee to the airport.

The ISIL (ISIS) group, has claimed responsibility for the attack, the group’s Amaq News Agency said on its Telegram channel.

The ISIL affiliate in Afghanistan, known as the Islamic State in Khorasan Province, ISKP (ISIS-K), is opposed to Western nations as well as the Taliban, which recently took control of the country in a lightning blitz and condemned the attack.

ISKP members, with links to the group’s more well-known affiliate in Syria and Iraq, have carried out a series of brutal attacks, mainly targeting Afghanistan’s Shia Muslim minority, including a 2020 assault on a maternity hospital in Kabul in which they killed women and infants.