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Live updates: A powerful explosion near Kabul airport, believed to be a rocket

 

By Business Insider, published by MSN News

A “POWERFUL EXPLOSION” was heard in Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan, whilst Reuters report that the US has carried out an airstrike in the Afghan capital.

It has not been confirmed if the two events are linked.

A Taliban spokesperson told AP news that the US airstrike was targetting a suicide bomber in a vehicle, aiming to attack the Kabul international airport amid the USA’s military’s evacuation.

TOLO News, Afghanistan’s largest TV news network, reported that “a powerful explosion was heard moments ago in Kabul.”

AP news confirmed that a child was killed in the blast.

Sources in Afghanistan told Insider that a rocket hit a local house near Kabul airport.

Reuters report that two witnesses confirm that a rocket caused the blast – official confirmation is pending.

It is yet unclear who fired the rocket.

This explosion comes days after an ISIS-K suicide bomber killed at least 169 people at Kabul airport.

Officials at the US Embassy in Kabul warned citizens to leave the airport due to a “specific, credible threat” on Saturday.

“US citizens should avoid travelLing to the airport and avoid all airport gates at this time,” the alert said.

CAPTIONS:

Top: Smoke rises after an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan today, August 29, 2021. Photo by Haroon Sabawoon/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images and published by Yahoo! News

Home Page: Battles between Taleban and IS-K fighters have been raging in Kabul following a suicide attack at Kabul airport. Photo: AFP and published by The Straits Times

 

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