Former United States’ president, Barack Obama, has condemned Thursday explosion exterior the Kabul airport that killed and injured over 100 individuals.
Two suicide bombers and gunmen had attacked crowds of Afghans flocking to Kabul’s airport, reworking a scene of desperation into considered one of horror within the waning days of an airlift for these fleeing the Taliban takeover.
The assaults led to the demise of at the very least 100 Afghans and 13 U.S. troops.
The blasts got here hours after Western officers warned of a serious assault, urging individuals to go away the airport. But that recommendation went largely unheeded by Afghans determined to flee the nation in the previous few days of an American-led evacuation earlier than the U.S. formally ends its 20-year presence on Aug. 31.
The Islamic State group claimed duty for the killings on its Amaq information channel. The IS affiliate in Afghanistan is way extra radical than the Taliban, who lately took management of the nation in a lightning blitz.
The Taliban weren’t believed to have been concerned within the assaults and condemned the blasts.
Reacting in an announcement on Friday, Obama condoled with members of the family of those that misplaced their lives.
The assertion reads, “Like so many of you, Michelle and I were heartbroken to hear about the terrorist attack outside the Kabul airport that killed and wounded so many U.S. service members, as well as Afghan men, women, and children.
“As president, nothing was more painful than grieving with the loved ones of Americans who gave their lives serving our country. As President Biden said, these service members are heroes who have been engaged in a dangerous, selfless mission to save the lives of others. Our hearts go out to the families who lost a loved one, and to everyone continuing the mission in Kabul. We’re also thinking of the families of the Afghans who died, many of whom stood by America and were willing to risk everything for a chance at a better life.
“May God bless the memory of those we lost, and protect those who remain in harm’s way.”