Kabul airport was hit by suicide blasts even as the U.K. warned of an imminent terror attack at the airport was imminent. Earlier, the U.S. said that it was looking at ‘options’ on diplomatic presence in Afghanistan after August 31.
Australia on Thursday advised its citizens in Afghanistan not to travel to Kabul’s airport, where there as a “very high threat of a terrorist attack.” Australians in the airport’s vicinity were advised to move to a safe location and await further advice.
The head of the US military’s European Command says that so far more than 7,000 evacuees from Afghanistan have been flown to eight locations around Europe, mainly in Germany and Italy.
Biden briefed on Afghan airport attack, says White House
President Joe Biden is being briefed on the bloody attack against Kabul’s airport, the White House said Thursday, delaying a planned meeting with Israel’s visiting prime minister.
“The president has been briefed and he is in the Situation Room,” an official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
As a result of the crisis, a meeting with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett planned for 11:30 (1530 GMT) “will be delayed,” a White House official said.
“There is not yet an updated time for the meeting,” a spokesman for Bennett said, adding the delay was due “to the events in Afghanistan.”
At least six people were killed and a dozen wounded outside Kabul’s airport in two explosions as the United States entered the final days of a massive evacuation of troops and allies to end its two-decades long war against the Taliban.