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At least three U.S. service members have been injured after a suicide bombing outside of the Abbey Gate at Kabul’s airport. Fox News reports that a firefight ensued inside the Afghanistan airport immediately following the suicide bombing. Officials recently confirmed a second explosion at the nearby Baron Hotel, a common gathering place for Americans seeking to flee the country.
Fox News has learned 3 US service members injured in complex suicide bombing attack near Abbey Gate. https://t.co/hh7REcdooL
— Jennifer Griffin (@JenGriffinFNC) August 26, 2021
— Angela Ganote (@angelaganote) August 26, 2021
John Kirby, the Pentagon’s Press Secretary, confirmed the airport explosion via Twitter: “We can confirm an explosion outside Kabul airport. Casualties are unclear at this time. We will provide additional details when we can.”
Amid the chaos in Kabul, the United States Embassy in Afghanistan has issued an immediate travel warning: “U.S. citizens should avoid traveling to the airport and avoid airport gates at this time.”
“There has been a large explosion at the airport, and there are reports of gunfire. U.S. citizens who are at the Abbey Gate, East Gate, or North Gate now should leave immediately.”
On Wednesday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken speculated that there could be as many as 1,500 still waiting to be evacuated from the country.
The United States is aiming to safely return all Americans back to the U.S. prior to August 31st when the military plans to withdraw from the country.