The US military announced that it carried out a terrorist threat in Kabul. At the same time, it was reported that a missile hit a house and a child was killed.
However, it is not clear if there were two separate incidents, or whether there was one and the same attack.
The US military confirmed in a statement that it had carried out a drone attack on a car in Kabul. They claim that they have “eliminated the severe threat posed by the Islamic State in Khorasan to Hamid Karzai International Airport.”
They believe that they succeeded in hitting the target and that the large explosion that followed the attack indicates the presence of a large amount of explosives in the car.
“We are investigating the possibility of civilian casualties, although there are currently no indications,” said Bill Urban, a spokesman for US Central Command.
Meanwhile, the BBC, Al Jazeera and the Associated Press all write that the explosion, which was heard in Kabul on Sunday afternoon, was caused by a missile attack on a house.
Several media outlets reported that the explosion came from the Khoja Al-Baghra neighborhood, some distance from the airport. There is nothing in the US military’s statement about where they carried out their attack.
Afghan police chief Rashid (who they say uses only one name) told the Associated Press that a child had died. reporter for Al Jazeera It also claims that a child was killed and three people were injured.
Pictures posted on social media show a widespread development of smoke on the rooftops. An independent Afghan journalist posted this video on Twitter:
Warn of new terrorist attacks
On Thursday, more than 180 people were killed when a suicide bomber attacked the airport gate. On Saturday, US President Joe Biden issued a strong warning about a new imminent attack at Kabul airport.
– The situation on the ground remains extremely dangerous, and the risk of terrorist attacks on the airport remains high. Biden said our leaders have told me that an attack is very likely within 24 to 36 hours.
On August 31, the last American soldier will leave the United States. There are still about 300 US citizens in Afghanistan awaiting evacuation, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said, according to ABC News.
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