26 Aug 2021

Afghanistan: Twin bomb attacks hit Kabul airport amid evacuation

International Editor

Kabul airport has been a scene of sheer chaos for days on end. Today, it became a scene of carnage.

Two suicide bomb attacks have killed at least 13 people, say officials, while the Pentagon said a number of US servicemen were among the dead.

The international airport is on the northern edge of the city. Yesterday, the US State Department warned of a potential terrorist attack at either the Abbey, East or North Gates.

Today at dusk, the first explosion happened near the Abbey Gate, where thousands of Afghans have been queuing for days.

The second bomb went off near the Baron Hotel,  where British forces were processing evacuees. No British casualties have been reported.

Warning: This report contains distressing images.