Minggu, 29 Agustus 2021

US carries out drone strike on vehicle with suspected ISIS-K suicide bombers heading for Kabul airport - ABC News

US officials say an American drone strike has hit a vehicle that was carrying multiple suspected ISIS-K suicide bombers to Kabul airport.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid also confirmed the US drone strike.

A military official said the strike caused "significant secondary explosions" indicating the presence of a substantial amount of explosive material in the vehicle.

Two senior US officials said they believe it was a successful strike and that the intended target was hit.

This is the second drone strike the US has conducted against the militant group.

ISIS-K, Afghanistan's Islamic State affiliate, claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing on Thursday at the Kabul airport gate that killed 13 US service members and scores of Afghans struggling to get out of the country and escape the new Taliban rule.

The officials said that initial reports indicate there were no civilian casualties caused by the strike, but one official said they are assessing reports of any other collateral damage.

There have been reports of an explosion at a house near the airport, but it wasn’t clear if the two explosions were connected.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity.

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2021-08-29 13:57:51Z

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