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Kamis, 26 Agustus 2021

Horror pics emerge from airport terror - NEWS.com.au

The first images from Kabul airport show the distressing scenes after two explosions cause multiple deaths. WARNING: Distressing

WARNING: Distressing

The first images out of Kabul show the chaos, devastation and bloodshed emerging from the gates where desperate Afghans waited despite warnings, hoping for a second chance.

The US military confirmed two explosions outside Kabul airport, one at the Abbey Gate in what Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs John Kirby described as a “complex attack that resulted in a number of US & civilian casualties”.

The other explosion occurred near the Baron Hotel, a short distance from Abbey Gate.

The Taliban has so far confirmed 13 deaths, including children.

Images posted by local news channels in Afghanistan show the deadly aftermath; the injured being carried away in wheelbarrows, bloodied bandages around their heads. Mean, women and children can be seen fleeing the scene.

Multiple eyewitnesses told Afghan journalist Bilal Sarwary, who was evacuated from the country a few days ago, that a suicide attacker blew himself up in the middle of a large crowd in a sewage canal where Afghans were getting their visa documents checked.

“At least another attacker started shooting, multiple eye witnesses in the area tell me,” he said.

Fox News’ White House correspondent Jacqui Heinrich warned “hundreds of ISIS-K” remained in the vicinity, with terror attacks from the Islamic State affiliate “likely to continue”.

The group has been operating for some time, described as “no friend of the Taliban”, by Sky News UK’s Mark Stone.

“They are the most brutal group,” he said, referring to a suicide bomb attack on a maternity ward in Kabul last year.

Reports indicate US service personnel are among the victims, coming just hours after intelligence agencies warned of an “imminent attack”.

It is understood President Joe Biden has been briefed, delaying a planned meeting with Israel’s visiting prime minister and canceling another event.

A spokesman for Australia's Joint Operations Command confirmed “all ADF personnel supporting the Afghanistan evacuation are safe”.

Australia has suspended its evacuation operations nonetheless.

Meanwhile the UK military also reported no casualties.

“It was like doomsday, injured people everywhere,” a former interpreter for UK forces told Sky News Uk’s foreign affairs editor.

He said he “saw people running with blood on their faces and bodies”.

Another told the BBC: “We saw that there were many people affected by the explosion. They had been hurled every where and they looked really injured.

“There were also foreign forces that were fallen. People started running away, but we got out.

“I saw at least 400 or 500 people there. The explosion was really powerful, half of the people were hurled into the water, others on the ground outside.

“Bodies, flesh and people were thrown into a canal nearby,” Milad, who was at the scene of the first blast, told AFP.

“When people heard the explosion there was total panic. The Taliban then started firing in the air to disperse the crowd at the gate,” a second witness said.

“I saw a man rushing with an injured baby in his hands.”

In the confusion, he said he dropped the documents he hoped would help him board a flight with his wife and three children.

“I will never ever want to go (to the airport) again. Death to America, its evacuation and visas.”

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