Kabul: “US military forces conducted a self-defense unmanned over-the-horizon airstrike today on a vehicle in Kabul, eliminating an imminent ISIS-K threat” to Hamid Karzai International airport, said Bill Urban, a spokesman for the US Central Command (CENTCOM).
The military confirmed the airstrike on Sunday after multiple news organizations reported an explosion in a residential neighborhood near the airport. A U.S. official said the airstrike Sunday hit a vehicle that included a suicide bomber.
It was the second known airstrike against ISIS-K terrorists since a suicide bomber on Thursday killed 13 U.S. service members and more than 169 Afghans near a gate to the Kabul airport.
President Joe Biden was to meet Sunday at Dover Air Force Base with the families of U.S. service members killed in the attack.
The U.S. Embassy in Kabul had warned of a “specific credible threat” and urged those hoping to evacuate to leave the airport. President Joe Biden said Saturday the Kabul airport was “highly likely” to be the target of another attack before the Aug. 31 withdrawal deadline.
A blast at the airport on Thursday killed 13 U.S. service members and more than 169 Afghans. A retaliatory U.S. drone strike on Friday killed two ISIS-K members.
Two people have been confirmed dead in this attack, while 3 injured have been admitted to the hospital. However, the damage could not be estimated. But due to this attack, fear has started increasing among the people trapped in Afghanistan. The special thing is that on Sunday morning itself, America had warned of a blast near Kabul Airport and mentioned the gate of the airport, and now America targeted the rocket near the same North Gate of the airport.