Afghanistan Crisis: Huge blast outside Kabul Airport, casualties unclear, says US Pentagon

The US military on Thursday confirmed that a massive explosion took place outside the Kabul Airport in Afghanistan, as the evacuation of US citizens from the war-torn country continued inside the premises of Kabul Airport.

 

Confirming the incident, Pentagon Spokesman John Kirby, in a tweet said, “We can confirm an explosion outside Kabul airport. Casualties are unclear at this time. We will provide additional details when we can”.

WE CAN CONFIRM AN EXPLOSION OUTSIDE KABUL AIRPORT. CASUALTIES ARE UNCLEAR AT THIS TIME. WE WILL PROVIDE ADDITIONAL DETAILS WHEN WE CAN.

— JOHN KIRBY (@PENTAGONPRESSEC) AUGUST 26, 2021

 

U.S. President Joe Biden has been briefed on the explosion, according to a White House official. Biden was in a meeting with security officials about the situation in Afghanistan, where the United States is in the final steps of ending its 20-year war, when the explosion was first reported, according to a person familiar with the matter.

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