US unsure of Taliban’s involvement in Kabul airport blast

General Mackenzie said that ISIS also wants to target our planes. (Photo: Dawn)

The commander of the US Central Command, General Kenneth McKenzie, has said that whether the Taliban were involved in the Kabul airport bombings or not, it cannot be said, but the evacuation of the American people and troops will continue.

According to details, US Commander General McKenzie while giving a briefing on the two terrorist blasts in Kabul said that the nature and damage of the blasts could not be ascertained while time was needed for the investigation.

During the briefing, the US commander said that two consecutive blasts took place at the airport, a suicide bomber blew himself up at the airport gate, and then firing took place. The bomber struck shortly afternoon in front of a U.S. military base.

Speaking during the briefing, Commander General McKenzie said that 15 American personnel were injured in the attack. A large number of Afghan civilians were killed and the injured are being treated at various hospitals and airports.

Read more: Children among 13 killed in explosion outside Kabul airport: Taliban

During the meeting, US General McKenzie said it was not clear whether the Taliban were involved in the attack. “Our goal is a timely withdrawal from Afghanistan, a dangerous mission that threatens further terrorism,” he said.

“We know that ISIS can target our planes, which must be protected so that there is no attack,” McKenzie said. “Trying to get as many people out as possible. Our goal is to complete the mission by August 31st,” he asserted.

He said the United States had so far evacuated 140,000 people from Afghanistan. The Taliban also want the evacuation of the American people and forces possible by August 31. “We are taking all possible steps to complete the mission,” he added.

Earlier, two bomb blasts near Kabul airport in Afghanistan killed at least 60 people, including 12 US soldiers, and wounded several others, while the Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the bombings at Kabul airport.

Terrorism at Kabul Airport last night resulted in two explosions which were heard far and wide. The blasts killed at least 60 people and injured more than 140 others who were taken to hospital.



Download MM News mobile application and keep yourself updated.