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At least 13 U.S. Marines and soldiers have been killed in the suicide bombing outside Kabul airport Thursday, U.S. officials tell Fox News.
Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby says the U.S. “can confirm that a number of U.S. service members were killed in today’s complex attack at Kabul airport.
“A number of others are being treated for wounds,” he added. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the loved ones and teammates of all those killed and injured.”
Four U.S. Marines have been killed in the explosion outside of Kabul’s airport and 3 have been wounded, U.S. officials tell Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson and Jennifer Griffin.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has cancelled an upcoming trip to Israel, where she was expected to join Prime Minister Naftali Bennett for a cabinet meeting on Sunday. The trip was cancelled due to “the tense situation in Afghanistan,” according to a government spokesperson.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, meanwhile, is set to chair an emergency security meeting with the Cabinet Office Briefing Rooms (COBR) after he was updated on the explosions, Reuters reported.
The Taliban’s spokesperson, in a tweet, says the “Islamic Emirate strongly condemns the bombing of civilians at Kabul airport, which took place in an area where U.S. forces are responsible for security.”
“The Islamic Emirate [of Afghanistan] is paying close attention to the security and protection of its people, and evil circle will be strictly stopped,” the tweet added.