Washington — The United States said it launched a drone strike targeting suspected suicide bombers near Kabul Airport on Sunday as the United States’ 20-year war in Afghanistan ended in the last few hours.
The drone strike was the second such attack following an explosion that killed 13 US military personnel and more than 200 Afghan civilians at Hamid Karzai International Airport last week. When the United States scrambled to take military and diplomatic personnel out of the country by Tuesday, it was a deadline previously agreed by the Taliban before controlling Kabul’s airport.
According to the Pentagon, the drone aimed at a vehicle carrying a suspected suicide bomber. The United States believed it had successfully attacked the vehicle, but could not say how many bombers were attacked.
Afghan officials said they were also working with a US-backed government, killing five civilians and attacking their homes in a Sunday strike.
In a statement, the U.S. Central Army, responsible for military operations in Afghanistan, was aware of reports of civilian deaths from the strike and said it “still appreciates the outcome of the strike.”