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Pentagon Says Kabul Airport Attacked By Only One Suicide Bomber—Death Toll Rises

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at August 27, 2021

Topline

An attack on the gate to the Kabul airport Thursday — killing 13 U.S. troops and more than 160 Afghan civilians — was carried out by just one suicide bomber, not the two attackers initially reported by defense officials and news outlets, the Pentagon said Friday.

Key Facts

U.S. military officials “do not believe” a second explosion targeted the Baron Hotel, which is several hundred meters away from the airport’s entrance, said Gen. Hank Taylor, the Joint Staff’s deputy director for regional operations.

Hours after the attack, the Pentagon initially said two bombers detonated near the airport and the Baron Hotel, though Gen. Frank McKenzie from U.S. Central Command said Thursday military officials “don’t know much about” the hotel explosion.

Taylor said he isn’t sure why the incorrect report about the Baron Hotel circulated, but “it’s not any surprise that in the confusion of very dynamic events like this, can cause information sometimes to be misreported or garbled.”

Key Background

The Pentagon says 13 U.S. troops died in the attack on Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport, and at least 169 Afghans died, the Associated Press reported. Military officials think the attack was carried out by an Afghan affiliate of the Islamic State, a terror group also known as ISIS. The bombing came amid a frantic effort to evacuate from Kabul tens of thousands of U.S. citizens, Afghans who assisted the U.S. military and others at risk of retribution from the Taliban, which now controls Afghanistan.

Further Reading

What Is ISIS-K Or IS-K? This Afghan Terror Group — And Taliban Enemy — Is Suspected In Kabul Airport Bombing. (Forbes)

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