Death toll tops 100 in Kabul attack

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Added On August 30, 2021

At least 103 people, including 13 U.S. service members, were killed in the twin bomb attacks in Kabul on Thursday.

 
The Wall Street Journal, citing a senior Afghan health official, reported that the explosions left at least 90 Afghan civilians dead.
 
The U.S. Central Command confirmed that 13 U.S. service members were killed and 18 injured. 
Kenneth McKenzie, who heads the U.S. Central Command, said two bombs went off in the morning in the Afghan capital, one at the Abbey Gate of the Hamid Karzai International Airport, another at the adjacent Baron Hotel.
 
McKenzie said the attack at the Abbey Gate involved a sole suicide bomber, followed by a number of gunmen who opened fire on civilians and military forces.
 
The ISIS-K, a radical affiliation of the Islamic State, has claimed responsibility for the attacks. 
The Taliban issued a statement condemning the attacks in their aftermath.
 
U.S. President Joe Biden said he had ordered the Pentagon to strike ISIS-K assets, leadership and facilities, adding that the ongoing evacuation mission in Afghanistan will continue.
 
The U.S. is scrambling to evacuate all its citizens and Afghan contractors from Afghanistan before Aug. 31.