At least 60 Afghans and 12 U.S. service members were killed in explosions at the Kabul airport, as two blasts ripped through crowds trying to enter the American-controlled facility on Thursday, disrupting the final push of the U.S.-led evacuation effort.
The bomb attack was followed by an assault by gunmen from Islamic State’s regional affiliate, according to the Pentagon. Fifteen U.S. service members were injured, the Pentagon said.
The U.S. plans to continue with its evacuation of U.S. citizens and allied Afghans, Marine Corps Gen. Frank McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command, told reporters Thursday. He said the U.S. estimates that around 1,000 Americans remain in Afghanistan.
“We expect those attacks to continue,” Gen. McKenzie said, referring to suicide bombings. He said the U.S. would communicate with the Taliban about security outside the airport gates.
“If we can find who is associated with this, we will go after them,” Gen McKenzie said.