ISIS Terrorists Kill 13 U.S. Service Members at Kabul Airport; Another 18 Injured

By CNSNews.com Staff | August 26, 2021 | 4:01pm EDT
(Photo by Hoshang Hashimi/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by Hoshang Hashimi/AFP via Getty Images)

(Update: The number of U.S. fatalities in Thursday's attack has risen to 13, after the death of an additional service member injured in the bombing. Another 18 were wounded, according to U.S. Central Command.)

(CNSNews.com) - ISIS terrorists today launched an attack on one of the gates to the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan today, killing 12 U.S. service members and wounding 15 more, according to Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command.

Two ISIS suicide bombers blew themselves up outside the Abbey Gate to the airport and the nearby Baron Hotel. Then ISIS gunmen started shooting at both military personnel and civilians.

“This is a hard day today. As you know, two suicide bombers assessed to have been ISIS fighters detonated in the vicinity of the Abby Gate at Khamid Kharzai International Airport and in the vicinity of the Baron Hotel, which is immediately adjacent,” said Gen. McKenzie.

“The attack on the Abby Gate was followed by a number of ISIS gunmen who opened fire on civilians and military forces,” he said.

“At this time, we know that 12 U.S. service members have been killed in that attack and 15 more service members have been injured,” said. Gen. McKenzie.

“A number of Afghan civilians were also killed and injured in the attack,” he said.

“We are treating some of them aboard HKIA [the airport],” he said. “Many other Afghan civilians have been taken out to hospitals in town. We are still working calculate the total losses, we just don’t know what that is right now.” 

Here is a transcript of the  beginning of Gen. Kenneth McKenzie's remarks about the ISIS attack"

“This is a hard day today. As you know, two suicide bombers assessed to have been ISIS fighters detonated in the vicinity of the Abby Gate at Khamid Kharzai International Airport and in the vicinity of the Baron Hotel, which is immediately adjacent. The attack on the Abby Gate was followed by a number of ISIS gunmen who opened fire on civilians and military forces.  At this time, we know that 12 U.S. service members have been killed in that attack and 15 more service members have been injured. A number of Afghan civilians were also killed and injured in the attack. We are treating some of them aboard HKIA. Many other Afghan civilians have been taken out to hospitals in town. We are still working calculate the total losses, we just don’t know what that is right now.”  

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