The dastardly attack outside Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport grapples the world with concerns over the evacuation of their respective citizens who are still trapped in Afghanistan. This has forced the concerned country to reassess its evacuation program.
Following the deadly twin bomb blast that shook Afghanistan, the country already reeling from the Taliban’s rapid takeover of the power, India on Thursday strongly condemned the bomb blast outside Kabul airport that killed thirteen US service members and dozens of Afghan nationals. According to Pentagon 15 other US service members have been injured.
India’s Ministry of External Affairs in a statement issued late Thursday night said, “India strongly condemns the bomb blasts in Kabul today. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims of this terrorist attack. Our thoughts and prayers also go out to the injured. (these..) attacks reinforce the need for the world to stand unitedly against terrorism and all those who provide sanctuaries to terrorists.”
The deadly bomb blast outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul came at a time when the countries have accelerated the completion of the evacuation process of their citizens before the August 31st deadline. Confirming the ghastly attack, that tear through the desperate crowd outside the Kabul Airport, General McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command, said, “Two suicide bombers, assessed to have been ISIS fighters, detonated in the vicinity of the Abbey Gate at Hamid Karzai International Airport and in the vicinity the Baron Hotel, which is immediately adjacent. The attack on the Abbey Gate was followed by a number of ISIS gunmen who opened fire on civilians and military forces. At this time, we know that 12 U.S. service members have been killed in the attack and 15 more service-members have been injured.”
The jihadi terror group, Islamic State Khorasan Province or ISIS (K) has claimed responsibility for the twin bombing attack outside the Kabul Airport. According to the media reports, Amaq News Agency, a news outlet linked to Iraq on its Telegram channel stated that an IS member named Abdul Rahman al-Logari carried out ‘the martyrdom operation near Kabul Airport’.
The US officials have been warning over the past few weeks of a possible terror attack looming over the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. In a security alert issued, the US Embassy in Afghanistan advised US Citizens to avoid traveling to the airport unless receiving individual instruction, because of security threats outside the gate of Kabul Airport.
Following the attack, the US Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs advised the US citizens at the Abbey Gate, East Gate, or North Gate should leave immediately.
We will not forgive. We will not forget: US President Joe Biden
Condemning the vicious attack, US President Joe Biden said, “To those who carried out this attack, as well as anyone who wishes America harm, know this: We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay. I will defend our interests and our people with every measure at my command.”
The US President further asserted that despite the attack US troops will continue the evacuation operation from Afghanistan of its citizens and allies.
Vice President Kamala Harris too condemned the attack. In a series of tweets, the US Vice President remembered the ‘courageous service members died while saving countless lives.
“Our country is grateful to our women and men in uniform, and in particular, those working today to get Americans and our Afghan partners out of harm’s way. We will complete that mission. Today, we honor those who gave their lives in service to their nation. We will never forget,” Vice President Kamala Harris added.
Evacuating Indians is our top priority: India on Afghanistan situation
The Government on Thursday at an all-party meeting said that evacuating Indians from Afghanistan is their top priority as the situation remains critical there. External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar emphasized that all Indians will be evacuated from Afghanistan following the Taliban taking over the power in the war-torn country.
“We have undertaken evacuation operations in extremely difficult conditions especially at the airport. Our immediate concern and task is evacuation and long term interest is the friendship of the Afghan people,” said EAM Dr. S Jaishankar.
Earlier during the UNSC briefing on ‘Threats to International Peace and Security caused by Terrorist Acts’ EAM Dr. S Jaishankar warned about the growing presence of the jihadist organization in India’s immediate neighborhood.
“ISIL-Khorasan (ISIL-K) has become more energetic and is constantly seeking to expand its footprint. This should be taken seriously. Events unfolding in Afghanistan have naturally enhanced global concerns about their implications for both regional and international security,” he added.