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Pentagon Says Only 1 Suicide Bomber Behind Kabul Attack; Death Toll Crosses 170

Catch all the updates on the Kabul airport blasts and the Afghanistan crisis here.

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The deadly attack in Afghanistan's capital Kabul on Thursday was carried out by a single suicide bomber at a gate to the airport and there was no second explosion at a nearby hotel, the Pentagon said on Friday, 27 August, according to Reuters.

Meanwhile, an Afghan health official told CNN that the death toll in the attack has increased to more than 170, with more than 200 wounded.

The Islamic State's Afghanistan affiliate had earlier claimed responsibility for what was reported to be two blasts, saying one of the bombers targeted "translators and collaborators with the American army."

The attack comes days after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan earlier in August. Ever since, chaotic scenes have emerged at the Kabul airport, with countries scrambling to evacuate their citizens and Afghans working with them, while locals have been desperate to flee the country.

Snapshot
  • India on Thursday condemned the bomb attack in Kabul, saying it reinforced the need for the world to stand united against terrorism

  • 'We will not forgive. We'll not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay,' US President Joe Biden was quoted as saying in reference to the perpetrators of the attack

  • The US has anticipated more attack attempts in the aftermath of the Kabul bombings

  • Britain will end evacuations from Afghanistan 'in a matter of hours', AFP reported on Friday, quoting the country's defence minister

10:53 PM , 27 Aug
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Death Toll in Kabul Attack Crosses 170 

An Afghan health official has told CNN that the death toll in the Kabul attack has increased to more than 170, with more than 200 wounded.

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9:33 PM , 27 Aug
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Single Suicide Bomber Carried Out Attack in Kabul: Pentagon

A deadly attack in Afghanistan's capital Kabul on Thursday was carried out by a single suicide bomber at a gate to the airport and there was no second explosion at a nearby hotel, the Pentagon said on Friday.

"I can confirm for you that we do not believe that there was a second explosion at or near the Baron Hotel, that it was one suicide bomber," Army Major General William Taylor told reporters. He said U.S. troops wounded in the attack were now being treated in Germany.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told the reporters the United States believed there are still "specific, credible" threats.

9:27 PM , 27 Aug
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2 UK Nationals, Child Killed in Kabul Attack

Two British nationals and the child of a British national are among those so-far confirmed killed in the Kabul airport attack, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Friday, according to AFP.

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2:17 PM , 27 Aug
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Kabul Blasts: Death Toll Goes Beyond 100

The death toll in the Kabul airport blasts rose beyond 100, with an official cited by The Associated Press saying the bodies of at least 95 Afghans were taken from the site of the incident.

At least 13 US troops are also among those killed.


Published: 27 Aug 2021, 7:58 AM IST
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