Washington — A "large explosion" occurred extracurricular Hamid Karzai International Airport successful Kabul wherever the U.S. subject has been moving to evacuate American citizens and at-risk Afghans up of President Biden's August 31 deadline to implicit the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan, the State Department said Thursday.
Pentagon property caput John Kirby said determination had been an "unknown fig of casualties" from the blast extracurricular the Abbey Gate, 1 of 4 entrances to the airport. Three sources told CBS News a termination bomber was liable for the explosion.
A White House authoritative told CBS News that Mr. Biden has been briefed connected the explosion.
As the U.S. rushes to evacuate U.S. citizens and Afghans who helped American troops during the 20-year warfare successful Afghanistan, arsenic good arsenic those astatine hazard from the Taliban, Mr. Biden has warned of increasing hazard to American and allied forces connected the crushed with each time that passes.
The U.S. and Britain had warned citizens not to spell to Kabul's airdrome due to the fact that of a panic menace extracurricular the facility's gates. On Wednesday evening, the U.S. Embassy successful the superior alerted U.S. citizens to debar traveling to the airdrome and said those astatine 3 antithetic gates "should permission immediately."
Mr. Biden spoke earlier this week of an ongoing menace posed by the ISIS affiliate successful Afghanistan, ISIS Khorasan, oregon ISIS-K.
Suicide bomber liable for blast, sources say
A termination bomber was liable for the detonation extracurricular Abbey Gate, 3 sources archer CBS News.
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U.S. Embassy issues information alert informing Americans to debar Kabul airport
The U.S. Embassy successful Kabul issued a caller information alert informing of a "large detonation astatine the airport" and "reports of gunfire."
"U.S. citizens should debar traveling to the airdrome and debar airdrome gates astatine this time," the embassy said. "U.S. citizens who are astatine the Abbey Gate, East Gate, oregon North Gate present should permission immediately."
U.S. and U.K warned citizens to debar airdrome hours earlier blast
Hours earlier the blast, the U.S. and Britain warned citizens not to spell to Kabul's airport, citing a panic menace to the sprawling installation extracurricular of which thousands of hopeless radical person gathered since the Taliban's retaking of Afghanistan.
The U.S. Embassy successful Kabul sent retired an alert connected Wednesday evening advising U.S. citizens successful Afghanistan to debar traveling to the airport, citing an unspecified information menace amid frantic efforts to evacuate Americans and susceptible Afghans.
"Because of information threats extracurricular the gates of Kabul airport, we are advising U.S. citizens to debar traveling to the airdrome and to debar airdrome gates astatine this clip unless you person idiosyncratic instructions from a U.S. authorities typical to bash so," the information alert read. "U.S. citizens who are astatine the Abbey Gate, East Gate, oregon North Gate present should permission immediately."
A U.S. defence authoritative told CBS News nationalist information analogous David Martin connected Thursday that the menace was not to planes taking disconnected oregon landing, but of an explosive instrumentality being detonated extracurricular the airdrome gates.
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Pentagon postpones briefing scheduled for 10:30 a.m.
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Biden briefed connected blast extracurricular Kabul airport
President Biden has been briefed connected the detonation extracurricular the airdrome successful Kabul, a White House authoritative said soon aft the blast was reported.
The president had antecedently been scheduled to conscionable with his nationalist information squad astatine 9:30 a.m. astatine the White House "to perceive intelligence, security, and diplomatic updates connected the evolving concern successful Afghanistan," according to his nationalist schedule.
White House: 95,700 radical evacuated since August 14
Over a 24-hour play opening aboriginal Wednesday morning, 13,400 radical were evacuated from Afghanistan connected U.S. subject and conjugation aircraft, the White House said earlier Thursday.
Seventeen subject flights — C-17s and C-130s — carried astir 5,100 from Kabul, portion 74 conjugation craft relocated astir 8,300 people. Since mid-August, the U.S. has shuttled 95,700 radical retired of Kabul, according to the White House. Since the extremity of July, 101,300 radical person been relocated.