/ 27 August 2021

Deadly blast hits Kabul

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At least 60 people have reportedly been killed, including 12 US soldiers, in 2 explosions near Kabul’s airport overnight. It comes as Australia, the US and UK yesterday told their citizens in Afghanistan not to travel to Kabul International Airport because of a “very high threat of a terrorist attack”. Reports say the attack was carried out by an affiliate of the Islamic State. Large crowds of Afghans have been gathering daily at the airport in hopes of fleeing the country since the Taliban took control, and many nations have been scrambling to get as many of its citizens and Afghan allies out before a 31 August deadline. This morning, Gen. Kenneth McKenzie of the US Central Command said the US will continue its evacuation mission despite the attack. The US and its allies have evacuated about 95,700 people, including 13,400 on Wednesday. Yesterday PM Scott Morrison said Australia had evacuated 4,000 people and was moving to a “post-evacuation resettlement phase” for Afghan refugees arriving in Oz.

Image source: AP

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