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Kabul death toll hits 110 following explosions

At least 110 people have lost their lives following two explosions that occurred at Kabul airport yesterday.

The first explosion took place at the airport’s Abbey Gate while the second explosion took place at the Baron Hotel, which is situated approximately 200 metres away from the airport.

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Warnings were issued earlier that day after officials gathered intelligence that a terror attack was going to occur at the airport gates, where thousands have been gathering over the past few weeks in an attempt to flee Afghanistan amid the Taliban’s takeover.

Amongst the dead were 13 US soldiers who have been assisting with the evacuations along with other militaries including the Irish Defence Forces.

The attack was claimed by the Islamic State arm in Afghanistan, Islamic State in Khorasan Province (ISKP) ISIS-K, who stated that the attack targeted translators and collaborators with the American army.

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Evacuations have since resumed as the US grows concerned over the possibility of further attacks.

Head of US Central Command General Frank McKenzie stated that US commanders are currently on alert for more attacks by Islamic State, which includes the possibility of rockets or vehicle-borne bombs targetting the airport.

US troops are due to withdraw from Afghanistan by August 31st, a deadline which was implemented by US President Joe Biden, who has ordered the Pentagon to plan a strike on ISIS-K.

Biden stated, “We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay,”.

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