Kabul blast : US strike targeted suicide bomber

The US says that they have carried out a military strike on suspected members of the Afghan branch of the Islamic State group, IS-K.

US officials have now said the operation, which involved a missile launched from a drone, targeted a suicide bomber in a vehicle who was aiming to carry out an attack at Kabul airport.

“We are confident we hit the target we were aiming for,” a military official told the BBC’s US partner network CBS.

“Initial reports indicate there were no civilian casualties,” the official said, adding: “Secondary explosions from the vehicle indicated the presence of a substantial amount of explosive material.”

A spokesman for the Taliban also said the US airstrike had targeted a suspected bomber travelling in a car, according to the Associated Press.

It comes after witnesses reported a rocket strike near the airport, although it is not clear if the two incidents are connected.

A bombing at Kabul airport last Thursday killed as many as 170 people, including 13 US troops.

(BBC News)

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