Twin explosions at Kabul airport claims at least 110 lives
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Twin explosions at Kabul airport claims at least 110 lives

27 Aug 2021 (Last Updated August 27th, 2021 12:56)

Soon after the first blast at the airport, another explosion was reported at a hotel near the airport.

Twin explosions at Kabul airport claims at least 110 lives
Kabul International Airport Air Traffic Control tower. Credit: ISAF Headquarters Public Affairs Office from Kabul, Afghanistan/ commons.wikimedia.org.

At least 110 people are reported to have been killed after twin bomb blasts outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The blast took place outside the crowded gate of the airport, disrupting the evacuation process for tens of thousands of Afghans looking to leave the nation.

Soon after the first blast at the airport, another explosion was reported at a hotel nearby. Gunfight was also reported at the airport site.

According to reports, the casualties included 13 US troops.

This is said to be the largest number of US troops killed in Afghanistan in a single incident since August 2011, when 30 US personnel lost their lives after a helicopter was shot down.

US troops have been evacuating American and Afghans from the country since the Taliban took over control in Kabul on 15 August.

The last day for US troops to withdraw from Afghanistan has been set at 31 August.

Last week, President Joe Biden announced that all Americans and Afghan allies who wanted to leave the country will be evacuated.

However, the US Embassy in Afghanistan also issued a security alert, warning Americans to stay away from airport due to security threats.

On 16 August, the US took over air traffic control at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, to ensure the safe departure of its staff from the country.