Kabul’s airport has been hit by twin blasts, leaving dozens of Afghan civilians and at least 12 US soldiers dead. The “Islamic State” (IS) has claimed responsibility for the attack.
General Kenneth McKenzie, the Commander of US Central Command, told a briefing at the Pentagon that 12 US service members were killed and 15 were injured in the suicide bombings. McKenzie said the US military is treating the wounded as well as Afghan civilians.
The German military has completed its airlift operations from the Kabul airport, security sources told news agencies Reuters and DPA on Thursday.
The mission ended five days before an August 31 deadline for evacuations and a US troop withdrawal.
Earlier, a spokesperson for the German Defense Ministry told DW that the security situation at the Kabul airport “has deteriorated further and the threat of a terror attack is becoming increasingly concrete.”
Through the airlift efforts, Germany’s Bundeswehr managed to safely evacuate over 5,100 people, including more than 3,600 Afghans.
It’s not clear how many German nationals are still left in the country. The German Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that some 200 German citizens are still believed to be in Kabul.
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