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BREAKING: Huge Explosion Outside Kabul Airport, Pentagon Confirms

Officials confirm incident at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Afghanistan

 on 26th August 2021 @ 3.33pm
the pentagon has confirmed a huge explosion outside kabul airport © press
The Pentagon has confirmed a huge explosion outside Kabul airport

Pentagon officials have confirmed there has just been a huge explosion outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.

According to CNN, officials reportedly said there are reports of wounded Afghans.

Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said casualties are “unclear at this time.”

The explosion occurred outside the Abbey gate at the airport and early witness reports suggest the incident is a terrorist suicide bombing attack.

Kirby said the Pentagon "will provide additional details when we can."

early reports on the ground indicate a large explosion just outside the airport © press
Early reports on the ground indicate a large explosion just outside the airport

Witnesses said the explosion was triggered by a suicide bomber. 

Fox News reported at least three U.S. service members were wounded in the attack. 

Another witness reportedly told Fox News they saw at least one infant killed in the attack, and that Americans were injured, although that has yet to be confirmed.

In addition to the explosion, there were reports of gunfire in the area surrounding the airport.

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul sent a security alert Thursday morning warning Americans to evacuate the Kabul airport due to an ongoing security threat, specifically naming the Abbey gate as a point of concern.

Reports later emerged that officials were concerned about a possible threat from an ISIS affiliate.

the pentagon says the number of casualties on not yet known © press
The Pentagon says the number of casualties on not yet known

Several reports described the attack as a “large” explosion.

The U.S. has five days remaining to evacuate American citizens from Afghanistan before the end of its Aug. 31 deadline.

It is unclear how the airport attack will affect evacuation efforts or if major damage has been done to the airport.

More to follow on this breaking news story...

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