ISIS claims responsibility for 12 US service members killed in airport suicide bombing
At least 12 US service members were killed in the two suicide bombings as part of a “complex attack” outside the Kabul airport on Thursday, according to the Pentagon.
ISIS-K claimed responsibility for the explosions, which are believed to have also killed 60 Afghan citizens and wounded over 140. Officials say that the number of casualties, available as of this reporting, will likely increase.
Gen. Kenneth “Frank” McKenzie, leader of the US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, said the attacks were carried out by two ISIS suicide bombers and several gunmen, who opened fire once the bombs went off.
The bombers evidently made it past Taliban checkpoints on the outer perimeter of the airfield, the General said, adding there was “a failure somewhere.”
When asked if he trusted the Taliban followed the proper procedure of if they allowed the attacks to happen, Gen. McKenzie said: “I don’t think there’s anything to convince me that they let it happen. As to whether or not I trust them … that’s a word I use very carefully.”