Two explosions have hit Kabul Airport one is a suspected suicide bomb which has killed at least 13 with children and Taliban guards, Taliban officials have confirmed.
One explosion took place outside the Baron Hotel where gun fire was also hear and the second explosion happened at the Abbey Gate entrance where crowds were gathered hoping to be evacuated.
Sky News Chief Correspondent, Stuart Ramsay who is in Doha said it is thought that US troops have died in an explosion at the airport, but the reports have not been confirmed.
Please don’t go to Kabul airport now,
Heavy explosion in front of Abby Camp, shooting has started, USA troops used 6-8 gas bomb on people on east gate and lots of women got injured and burned,
I was there pic.twitter.com/hGEFlLP08b
— Ali Hassani (@Ali2994078) August 26, 2021
A US official has said they expect the US casualty numbers to increase and there have been no reports of any UK fatalities in the two explosions at KaA suicide bomb has hit Kabul Airport on Thursday afternoon injuring US troops, as evacuations are in their final phases.
There are no details to the extent of injuries, but Reuters news agency was told by an official that US service personnel are among those injured.
Conservative MP Alicia Kearns, a member of the foreign affairs and national security strategy committees said there are “many hurt” at the Baron Hotel where Afghan’s are eligible for repatriation were being processed, also many British forces and journalists are based there.
The Pentagon’s press secretary, John Kirby has confirmed the explosion in Kabul, but it is “unclear” how many casualties there are.
Kirby tweeted, “We can confirm an explosion outside Kabul airport. Casualties are unclear at this time.
“We will provide additional details when we can.”
It has been reported that an ongoing gunfight is happening outside the eastern gate of Kabul Airport.
A UK Ministry of Defence source said, “We don’t have any record of UK military casualties but it’s too early to know for sure.”