At least 13 people including children have been killed in two separate explosions near Kabul airport, while three US soldiers have been wounded, just hours after warnings of an ‘imminent’ and ‘lethal’ ISIS terror attack.
The first blast was caused by a suicide bomber outside the Barons Hotel where British troops and journalists have been staying, which was followed by gunfire and mass panic before a second explosion from a car bomb ripped through a crowd of Afghans gathered at the Abbey gate of the Hamid Karzai airport.
Images from the scene show scores of bodies piled up on the streets and bloodied people being carried away in wheelbarrows, with one emergency hospital treating 60 wounded people after six died on their way there.
An Afghan man queueing to enter the airport said the explosion hit the middle of a crowd of thousands, and he saw many injured and maimed people near where US troops were stationed.
An Afghan translator named Carl who witnessed the attacks said a baby girl died in his arms after trying to save her when spotting her on the ground.
A US official said ISIS-K, a splinter of the terror group who are the sworn enemy of the Taliban, are ‘definitely believed’ to have carried out the attack.
Many had feared an attack could derail the evacuations, with the airport a likely target with crowds rushing to escape and many Western troops stationed at the transport hub.