The Pentagon said a suicide bomber detonated a crowd waiting at the entrance to Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport, where thousands have gathered every day since the city fell to the Taliban, desperate to board flights from the country. Another explosion hit a nearby hotel, the Pentagon said.
The total death toll stood at 90 people on Thursday evening, with 150 others injured, an Afghan official said. The count was expected to climb.
AtLater that day, the president said the bombings were the work of fighters from ISIS’s affiliate in Afghanistan, known as ISIS Khorasan, or ISIS-K. The attacks marked one of the deadliest days for US forces in Afghanistan in the 20 years since the Allied invasion.
Mr Biden mourned the loss of the US military, while vowing to retaliate against those who orchestrated the attacks and to continue the process of withdrawing from the capital. The United States has helped more than 100,000 people leave Afghanistan since Aug. 14, according to the White House.
“To those who carried out this attack, as well as to all those who wish America harm on America, know this: We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and charge you, ”Biden said. “Our mission will continue. America will not be intimidated. “
A Taliban spokesperson condemned “the horrific incident” and said the group “will take all necessary measures to bring the culprits to justice.” The militant group has controlled the capital since the fall of the Afghan government nearly three weeks ago and is responsible for security around the airport.