BEIRUT (8:30 P.M.): Following what’s widely being reported as two suicide bombing attacks at crowded entry points to Kabul international airport on Thursday, The Wall Street Journal has confirmed that four U.S. Marines are among the dead.
“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,” the report says. “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,” WSJ continues. “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.”
Following the breaking report, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby confirmed “a number” of US service members have been killed in a statement.
The death toll may rise.
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The explosions are currently being described as a “complex suicide attack” by U.S. officials, who are pointing the finger at Islamic State in Afghanistan terrorists, or ISIS-K.
Early unconfirmed reports from international correspondents on the ground say as many as over 43 were killed and 130 wounded in the two blasts hours ago.
Kabul’s hospitals are said to be filled with a majority said to be in critical condition. The attacks appear to have targeted crowded airport entry gates, which were manned by Western troops, namely British and American soldiers