The United States military launched an air strike in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province. Their target was a militant of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization, who was responsible for organizing the attacks. As a result of a drone strike, one person died, informs Associated Press citing US Navy spokesman William Urban.
According to the military, no one was injured among the civilians. The airstrike was authorized by US President Joe Biden, and the order was issued by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.
On August 26, a powerful explosion occurred at one of the gates of the Kabul airport. Initially, the US military reported that two terrorists blew themselves up. However, later the Pentagon clarified that there was only one explosion. The attacker was carrying more than 11 kg of explosives and submunitions. In this case, usually a suicide belt contains from two to five kilograms of explosives, experts say.
According to AP, the attack killed 169 Afghans and 13 American troops (11 of them were Marines). 18 US soldiers were injured.
In addition, as a result of the terrorist attack, two Britons and a child of one of them were killed, British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said. Two more British citizens were injured.
Responsibility for the attack took over Islamic State. According to American intelligence, a cell of this organization known as IS in Khorasan is behind the attack. It operates on the territory of Afghanistan and Pakistan. The American president said that the organizers would pay for the attack in Kabul.
Meanwhile, American intelligence believes that the likelihood of new attacks near the airport in Kabul not only persists, but also grows as the deadline for the evacuation from Afghanistan approaches (August 31). On Friday night, the State Department again urged Americans to avoid entering the airport whenever possible so as not to become a target of terrorists.