Just one day after the US intelligence agencies alerted its citizens in Afghanistan over potential terror attacks at the Kabul airport and asked them to evacuate the war-torn country as soon as possible, the Kabul airport was attacked by two bomb blasts. The Islamic State has taken the responsibility for the attack which killed at least 103 people including 13 US troops and said that one of its suicide bombers had targeted “translators and collaborators with the American army.” The Islamic State (ISIS), considers itself to be an enemy of the Islamist Taliban as well as the West like the US.
The first of the twin attacks took place right outside on the airport gate where thousands of people have gathered to try to get inside the airport and onto evacuation flights. Just a few minutes after that blast, another bomb detonated just a few hundred metres away from the first one.
The head of U.S. Central Command General Frank McKenzie said that the U.S. commanders were watching for more attacks by Islamic State, including possible rockets or car bombs targeting the airport.
“We’re doing everything we can to be prepared,” McKenzie said, adding that some intelligence was being shared with the Taliban and that he believed “some attacks have been thwarted by them”. He even said, “We’re doing everything we can to be prepared,” and added that some intelligence was being shared with the Taliban and he believed that “some attacks have been thwarted by them.”
At a press briefing at the White House, President Biden said, “We will not forgive, we will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay.” He was visibly emotional at the press conference and said that US evacuations would continue. “I have also ordered my commanders to develop operational plans to strike ISIS-K assets, leadership and facilities. We will respond with force and precision at our time, at the place we choose and the moment of our choosing,” Biden added.