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At least 11 people killed in two explosions outside Kabul airport

According to the US officials, the blast outside the airport's Abbey Gate injured 3 US troops. The local reporters suspect a suicide attacker behind the blasts in Afghanistan's capital.

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Kabul: A second explosion struck Kabul on Thursday near a hotel in Afghanistan’s capital, where US citizens were gathering to be evacuated, Fox News reported.

Earlier Thursday, at least 11 people were killed in the explosion outside Kabul airport, Al Jazeera reported, citing a source in the Taliban. Several people wounded in the blast close to Kabul airport have been taken to a nearby hospital, TOLO news reported.

The blast outside the Abbey Gate at Kabul’s airport injured at least three US troops, US officials confirmed. According to a local reporter, a suicide attacker blew himself up in the middle of a large crowd and another attacker started shooting. “AFG Explosion took place outside of the eastern gate of airport and gunfire is underway. There are casualties and fatalities, multiple eyewitnesses tell me,” Afghan Reporter Bilal Sarwary tweeted.

Fox News reported a second explosion took place after a suicide bombing earlier in the day near the gates of the Kabul airport, which killed at least 11 people and injured several including three US troops. Soon after the first explosion at Kabul airport, France Ambassador to Afghanistan had warned of a second possible explosion at the airport.

“To all our Afghan friends: If you are near the airport gates, getaway urgently and take shelter. A second explosion is possible,” tweeted French envoy David Martinon.

Earlier, Pentagon had confirmed reports of the first explosion outside from outside of the Hamid Karzai International Airport on Thursday.

“We can confirm an explosion outside Kabul airport. Casualties are unclear at this time. We will provide additional details when we can,” said John Kirby, Assistant to the US Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs.

In recent days, Kabul airport has been witnessing chaotic scenes as people are reaching the airport in hurry to escape from the Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.


Also read: Afghans feel betrayed, Kabul airport scenes just a fraction of tragedy — Former V-P Saleh


 

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