US to complete evacuations from Kabul despite attack, says Biden

US to complete evacuations despite attack, says Biden
An injured man of Thursday's attack. Source: GETTY IMAGES
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Daily US Times: President Joe Biden says the US evacuations from Afghanistan will continue despite a jihadist attack that killed over 60 people, including 13 US troops.

Biden said: “We must complete this mission and we will,” and also vowed to hunt down the perpetrators behind the horrific attack.

More than 100,000 people have been evacuated from Afghan capital Kabul, which fell to the Taliban on 15 August.

But many more Afghans have been rushing to Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International airport ahead of the 31 August deadline for US troops to leave.

President Joe Biden vowed to complete evacuations from Afghanistan, adding “we will not be deterred by terrorists”.

Thursday’s attacks happened at about 13:30 GMT (18:00 local time)

The first targeted the Abbey Gate – where US and British troops have been processing people entering the airfield – and was followed by gunfire.

The second blast occurred at a hotel minutes later. The hotel is being used by British officials to process Afghans hoping to travel to the UK.

Huge crowds had gathered in the Kabul airport area hoping to be allowed onto an evacuation flight – despite warnings by UK and UK officials of a significant risk of suicide attacks by Isis-K, the regional branch of Islamic State militant group.

The jihadist group later claimed responsibility of Thursday’s bombings.

“We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay,” President Biden said about the attacks.

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