Multiple casualties, including US troops, in ISIS suicide bombing near Kabul airport

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Afghans gather on a roadside near the military part of the airport in Kabul, hoping to flee from the country after the Taliban's military takeover of Afghanistan, on August 20, 2021.
Wakil Kohsar/AFPAfghans gather on a roadside near the military part of the airport in Kabul, hoping to flee from the country after the Taliban's military takeover of Afghanistan, on August 20, 2021.

Second explosion confirmed with Pentagon saying that 'number of US service members' killed in attack

An Islamic State (IS) suicide bomber detonated an explosive outside of Kabul's airport on Thursday, causing multiple casualties, according to media reports.

The US Embassy in Kabul said in a statement that the attack occurred at the Abbey Gate with gunfire also reported.

A second explosion reportedly occurred near the Baron Hotel across from the Hamid Karzai International Airport where evacuations of foreign nationals and Afghans continues taking place following the withdrawal of US forces and the Taliban takeover of the country.

Emergency officials in Kabul reportedly confirmed that 30 people were killed by the two blasts, with six dying on the way to the hospital. 

The number of dead reportedly rose to 60, with more than 120 wounded, including 10 US service personnel killed and at least three wounded in the blasts.

The Pentagon did not immediately give an official number of casualties, releasing a statement hours after the explosions that "a number of US service members were killed" in the attack near the Kabul airport.

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