A suicide bombing occurred at one of the gates to the Kabul airport in Afghanistan on Thursday morning. The incident resulted in an explosion that took out at least 13 civilians.
Several others at the scene were found injured. Another explosion reportedly went off at a nearby hotel. A U.S. official believes the attack to have been carried out by an Islamic State group.
Meanwhile, reports have emerged that up to 30 people arrived at a nearby emergency hospital seeking treatment for injuries sustained due to the bombings. The U.S. embassy in Afghanistan has since issued warnings to American citizens to avoid the airport.
As details of this development continue to emerge, informants have briefed U.S. President Joe Biden on the matter. Those related to the ongoing situation at hand will wait for a response from POTUS. He continues to face backlash for pulling the U.S. troops from the region following the Taliban's swift takeover of the country.
Who are the Taliban?
The Taliban involves a group of Afghan resistance fighters who impose their Islamic law interpretation on their country. They first took the capital in 1996 and put strict rules for the surrounding populous to follow.
That all changed in 2001. Following the attack of 9/11, the U.S. and allied forces invaded Afghanistan, ultimately bringing their reign over the country to a halt.
Two decades later, the Taliban has re-emerged and taken over the country a second time. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country as the group inched closer to his seat. With their takeover well underway, several inhabitants have made vain attempts to leave the country.
Some sorted to swarm exiting U.S. aircraft, which ended in multiple deaths. This, in combination with the recent bombing, all show how dire the situation has become in Afghanistan.