Four U.S. military personnel were killed in Kabul Airport Explosions

At least four US troops are understood to have been killed in the attack

The Pentagon press secretary confirmed reports that multiple US troops were killed in the explosions at Kabul airport today.

“We can confirm that a number of U.S. service members were killed in today’s complex attack at Kabul airport,” John Kirby said in a statement.

“A number of others are being treated for wounds. We also know that a number of Afghans fell victim to this heinous attack.”

This marks the first time that US service members have been killed in combat in Afghanistan since February 2020, per the Washington Post.


At least four U.S. military personnel were killed in blasts at the Kabul airport on Thursday, sources told Reuters.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement that “a number” of U.S. service members died in the attack but gave no specifics.

Others were wounded and “a number of Afghans” also were victims.

The journal reports:

The U.S. ambassador in Kabul has told staff there that four U.S. Marines were killed in an explosion at the city’s airport and three wounded, a U.S. official with knowledge of the briefing said. Two explosions ripped through crowds of Afghans trying to enter the airport on Thursday.

At least three U.S. troops were injured, a U.S. official said. Witnesses reported multiple fatalities among the Afghans, many of whom were trying to enter the airport because they had assisted U.S.-led coalition efforts and feared persecution by the Taliban.

Western governments have repeatedly warned of an imminent attack by Islamic State and urged their citizens not to approach the airport. After the blasts, the U.S. Embassy told all Americans to leave the entrances to the airport immediately.

The explosion at the Abbey Gate of the airport was the result of a complex attack, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said. He said another blast occurred near the Baron hotel adjacent to the airport. A British security official said both attacks were carried out by suicide bombers.

An Afghan man who was attempting for the fifth time to get into the airport and get on one of the evacuation planes was standing in the crowd outside Abbey Gate when the detonation took place. “A lot of people got hurt,” he said by phone. “I helped a little girl. I think she died.”

Another Afghan man who was on the edge of the crowd near the Baron hotel said the explosion there occurred in the middle of thousands of people. He said he saw many maimed, bloodied people being brought out and was told of many fatalities.

Kabul’s Emergency Hospital, which is run by an Italian organization, said 30 patients had arrived at its surgical center, including six who were dead on arrival.

A doctor at the Indira Gandhi Hospital in Kabul said he admitted five people injured in the blasts, one of whom, a 10-year-old girl, died.

The Reuters news agency reported that unnamed US officials say multiple US troops believed to be among those killed “according to initial information”.

Reuters now adding that the Pentagon says a number of US service members and Afghans have been killed.

The number of US military service members killed in the attack at Kabul airport, is reported to be as many as four.

The WSJ, Reuters and are reporting that three US troops were injured in addition to the four dead.

Western governments, including the US and UK have repeatedly warned of an imminent and ongoing possibility of a terrorist attack at the airport.


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