US says Kabul airport attack carried out by one bomber

Pentagon officials believe the attack outside Kabul airport on Thursday was a result of one explosion, not two.

“We do not believe that there was a second explosion at or near the Baron hotel, that it was one suicide bomber,” US Army Major General William Taylor told reporters at the Pentagon in Washington, DC.

At least 110 people have been killed in the explosion, according to Al Jazeera’s team in Afghanistan. The US troops helping to evacuate Afghans desperate to flee Taliban rule are bracing for more attacks was a result of only one, not two explosions.

Al Jazeera’s Charles Stratford, reporting from Kabul, said the evacuation has resumed.

“We have seen a number of planes take off. The number of people around the airport has grown dramatically since yesterday,” he said. “We have seen thousands of people scrambling up against a wall there desperate to get on the few remaining planes.”

Thursday’s attack was claimed by ISIL (ISIS) offshoot in Afghanistan – the Islamic State in Khorasan Province, ISKP (ISIS-K) – which said its suicide bombers singled out “translators and collaborators with the American army”.

US President Joe Biden pledged to retaliate against the attack in Kabul, confirming that the bombings were carried out by ISKP. “We will hunt you down and make you pay. I will defend our interests and our people with every measure at my command,” he said.

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