Crowds of Afghans attacked as Islamic State gunmen and two suicide bombers charged the refugees flocking to Kabul’s airport on Thursday.
The blast came just a few hours after the Western officials warned and urged people to evacuate from the prospected carnage at the Kabul airport.
The death toll crosses 100 with 72 Afghan civilians and 13 US troops, while the Taliban claimed another of its 28 fighters dead in the carnage.
An Afghan official also reported 140 Afghans were wounded while the US officials counted 11 Marines and one Navy paramedic among those who died in the attack.
The coordinated blasts ripped right through the crowds of innocent people desperately trying to leave their horror-transformed homeland in the waning days of airlift, their last hope as the Taliban took over Afghanistan, tearing the peace that the previous 20 years brought to the country.
With nearing the American-led evacuation deadline of August 31, the US will completely withdraw its forces and end its longest war.
The bombings added to the misery of desperately seeking help among the wounded stunned by the blast.
The bombings are affirmed by the Islamic State of Khorasan (IS-K), an IS branch named after the region of Khorasan. They profess that the blasts targeted the American troops and its Afghan allies.
An Afghan witness said, “I saw bodies and body parts flying in the air like a tornado blowing plastic bags”.
As the blast tore through the massive crowd near the perimeter of the airport, some victims were left facing down in a shallow canal, “That little water flowing in the sewage canal had turned into blood.”
US administration who pledges to avenge
US President Joe Biden has promised to “hunt” down the IS-K terrorists and make them “pay” for the atrocities outside the Kabul airport where 13 US service personnel who were trying to save the lives of others were killed, and another 18 were wounded.
Biden told reporters at a press conference at the White House on Thursday, “To those who carried out this attack, as well as anyone who wishes America harm notice, we will not forgive. We will not forget.
We will hunt you down and make you pay. I will defend our interests and our people with every measure at my command”.
Since August 14, the day before Kabul’s historic downfell, more than 95,000 people have been evacuated from Afghanistan.
But with the suicide bombings at the site of mass airlifting for people of Afghanistan and various other nationalities, the US has to decide now whether it will halt, shorten, extend or maintain its deadline of August 31 for complete withdrawal.