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At least five dead following explosions at Kabul airport

At least five deaths have been reported and another dozen injuries following two explosions in Kabul this afternoon.

AFP news agency described the attack at the airport, where thousands have been gathering over the past few weeks, as complex.

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It follows warnings that were issued in regards to a potential terror attack at the airport.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby stated, “We can confirm that the explosion at the Abbey Gate was the result of a complex attack that resulted in a number of US and civilian casualties,”.

It’s understood that a second explosion occurred near the Baron Hotel, situated approximately 200 metres away from Abbey Gate.

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The US State Department said that there was also reports of gunfire.

Amongst the injured were US marines, according to a reporter from the Wall Street Journal.

Following the terror threat, many people were advised to stay away from the airport, which also led to the gates of the airport being closed.

US officials along with allies had gathered intelligence that suicide bombers attached to the Afghan arm of the Islamic State group – the Islamic State-Khorasan – were threatening to carry out an attack at the airport ahead of the deadline at the end of the month.

Many people were evacuated, however, large crowds still remained in the area.

French President Emmanuel Macron stated that he would coordinate with American allies in response to the explosions. He added that nobody expected “such a rapid and brutal situation” in Kabul.

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