Kabul airport explosion LIVE – 'Multiple casualties' in Afghanistan 'suicide blast' as 1,000s waited to flee Taliban

AN explosion has taken place outside Afghanistan's Kabul airport where thousands of people were waiting to be evacuated.

A US official confirmed the blast was caused by a suicide bomb at Abbey Gate, with at least three US troops reported to have been injured.

The blast comes just hours after UK and the US warned citizens to leave the area and seek shelter elsewhere amid fears of terrorist activity in the area.

But thousands of desperate Afghans remained at the airport, hoping to make their way on flights leaving the country and escaping the Taliban.

The explosion took place near the Baron hotel outside the airport, according to Sky News – which is where British troops and journalists have been staying.

Read our Kabul explosion live blog for the latest updates…

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    REUTERS REPORTS NO ITALIANS KILLED IN BLAST

    Reuters reports that Italy’s Defence Ministry has said no Italians were injured or killed in the Kabul airport blast.

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    REPORTS THAT MORE THAN 30 WOUNDED AND SIX DIED ON THE WAY TO HOSPITAL

    An emergency hospital in Kabul says more than 30 people have been injured in the two explosions near Kabul airport.

    It has been reported that at least six people died as they were rushed to hospital.

    The Taliban claim at least 13 people have been killed in the attack.

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    FOOTAGE APPEARS TO SHOW INJURED PEOPLE BEING UNLOADED FROM AMBULANCE

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    In this video, injured people are seen near an ambulance in Kabul. 

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    EMERGENCY OVERWHELMED

    The blast has so far seen at least 13 dead, including children.

    The US has confirmed two troops to be amongst these casualties.

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    LOCAL RESIDENTS DIRECTING TRAFFIC INTO EMERGENCY

    Kabul correspondent Ali M Latifi is in front of the Emergency Hospital in Kabul, and reports: "it seems like local residents are the ones directing traffic to make sure the injured make it in".

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    BREAKING: ISIS-K "HIGHLY LIKELY" TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ATTACK

    A British Defence source has told Sky News they believe it is "highly likely" that Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-K) was responsible for the two explosions outside Kabul's airport.

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    SHOCKING PICTURES CONTINUE TO SHOCK THE WORLD

    A US official has confirmed the blast was caused by a suicide bomb.

    The scene at Kabul airprot is dire, with the aftermath of the explosion at Kabul airport horrifying the world.

    Horrific footage shows loved ones searching through piles of bloodied bodies

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    PRESIDENT BIDEN IS IN THE SITUATION ROOM

    President Biden is currently in the Situation Room, a White House official says. He was briefed on the situation in Afghanistan earlier.

    According to initial reports, there are some US personnel among the wounded, according to three US officials and a source familiar with the situation.

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    BREAKING: BORIS JOHNSON TO CHAIR EMERGENCY COBRA AFTER KABUL AIRPORT BLAST

    BORIS Johnson will chair an emergency COBRA meeting today after the tragic Kabul airport blast.

    The PM has been updated on the latest situation on the ground in Afghanistan – amid reports that 13 have died in suicide blasts.

    Read more here.

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    ARMED FORCES MINISTER JAMES HEAPPEY DESCRIBED THE TERROR THREAT TO PEOPLE OUTSIDE KABUL AIRPORT AS "LETHAL"

    Armed forces minister James Heappey today described the terror threat to people outside Kabul airport as "lethal" amid concerns over the affiliate of the so-called Islamic State in Afghanistan – ISIS-K.

    He told LBC: "I was given lines today for what might happen if the attack happened while I was doing this media round."

    He added: "I don't think everybody should be surprised by this, Daesh, or Islamic State, are guilty of all sorts of evil.

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    AIRPORT ATTACK

    At least thirteen people have been killed after two explosions rocked Kabul airport today as desperate Afghans have just hours to flee the Taliban.

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    POSSIBLE ISIS ATTACK ON KABUL AIRPORT

    A journalist in Kabul has sent a statement to The Guardian from the Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid, saying the Americans had been told about a possible Isis attack on Kabul airport.

    “The Taliban are committed to the international community and will not allow terrorists to use Afghanistan as a base for their operations. The Taliban have warned US troops about possible terrorist groups such as ISIS,” Mujahid said.

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    BORIS JOHNSON UPDATED ON SITUATION

    A No.10 spokesperson has said "The Prime Minister has been updated on the situation at the airport in Kabul and will chair a COBR later this afternoon".

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    LARISA BROWN, THE DEFENCE EDITOR OF THE TIMES, REPORTS NO BRITISH CASUALTIES

    In a tweet, Larisa has "confirmed no UK casualties in attack at Abbey gate near the Baron hotel".

    However, official statements and numbers of casualties are yet to be released.

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    US OFFICIAL SAYS INITIAL CASUALTY NUMBERS EXPECTED TO INCREASE

    A US official has claimed that that US casualty numbers are expected to increase.

    Reports have so-far suggested there were no UK fatalities in an explosion at the Abbey Gate near the Baron Hotel.

    Details of this however yet remain unconfirmed.

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    US EMBASSY ISSUES WARNING

    The U.S. Embassy has issued an alert telling U.S. citizens to "avoid traveling to the airport and avoid airport gates," following an explosion outside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul.

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    NUMBER OF CASUALTIES STILL UNKNOWN

     Pentagon press secretary says there is an "unknown number of casualties".

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    TWO EXPLOSIONS CONFIRMED

    Deputy Political Editor for Sky News, Sam Coates, confirms Deborah Haynes has been: "told by defence sources there were indeed two explosions – one by the Baron’s hotel, the UK gathering point and another on the canal road by Abbey Gate."

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    PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN BRIEFED OF ATTACK

    US President Joe Biden had been briefed on the attack at Kabul airport.

    It has emerged that Biden was told about the incident during a meeting with security officials about the situation in Afghanistan.

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    GERMAN PLANES LEFT

    A security source has told Reuters news agency that the last German military planes have left Kabul, completing the German evacuation operation.

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    DISTRESSING IMAGES SHARED ON SOCIAL MEDIA

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    Afghanistan's are being warned to stay clear of Kabul airport and its surroundings.

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    SITUATION UPDATE

    The blast carnage at the airport comes as…

    • Hours before UK government warned Kabul Airport faced ‘imminent, highly lethal’ attack
    • Desperate Afghans were told ‘forget airport and run for border’ to flee from Taliban
    • Ex-Marine Pen Farthing and his 200 animals were blocked from airport by Taliban
    • Taliban took a US Black Hawk helicopter for joy ride after seizing 200,000 firearms

    A UK GOVERNMENT SPOKESPERSON ESTABLISHING IMPACT AND EVACUATION EFFORTS

    A UK government spokesperson said: "We are working urgently to establish what has happened and its impact on the ongoing evacuation effort.

    "Our primary concern remains the safety of our personnel, British citizens and the citizens of Afghanistan.

    "We are in close contact with our US and other NATO allies at an operational level on the immediate response to this incident."

    EYEWITNESSES REPORT

    Eyewitnesses said US troops and dozens of civilians were among those hurt in the carnage on the southern side of the airport, where thousands of people have massed over the past 12 days hoping to be evacuated after the Taliban seized power.

    It is not know if there were any British citizens in the crowd.

    AT LEAST TWO ATTACKERS INVOLVED

    Afghan journalist Bilal Sarwary was evacuated from the country a few days ago butsays that the explosion at Kabul airport occurred in a sewage canal where Afghan refugees were having their visa documents vetted.

    He reports that a suicide bomber detonated his explosives in the crowd of people before a second attacker started opening fire.

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