Doctors at a nearby hospital said four bodies were brought there, two of which belonged to children.
U.S. military officials said the military was convinced that there were no civilians in the target vehicle, but admitted that the explosion of explosives in it could have caused “collateral damage.”
The video of the scene showed a metal entanglement that was barely recognizable as a vehicle wreckage, and just a few feet away was another vehicle’s scorched, mocking wreckage. Explosion hit.
Last Sunday, the US Embassy in Kabul said there was a “certain credible threat” in the airport area where 170 civilians and 13 U.S. military members were killed in a suicide bombing on Thursday. Islamic State Korasan claimed responsibility for the attack. Biden warned on Saturday that another attack was “very likely” within the next few hours.
As Mr. Biden’s Tuesday deadline was approaching, the military shifted its focus from inspection and airlift of civilians in Afghanistan and the United States to bringing their own personnel home. And the imminent exit created a nasty question about who would be left behind.
Hundreds of students and graduates from Afghanistan’s American University, one of Afghanistan’s most outspoken human rights advocates, turned their backs at Kabul Airport on Sunday to flee or face the potential for persecution. I was forced to choose whether to stay in the country.
At the airport on Sunday night, armed Taliban members in Commando uniforms stood outside the South Gate. A minibus was parked nearby and the Afghans paid for the shelter while waiting in hopes of arriving at the airport.
One man, Hamid, was waiting for six nights on one of the minibuses.
“They take Europeans and Americans to the airport and wait outside the gate while we Afghans have valid tickets and paperwork,” he said. But he didn’t give up. “I still hope they can open the gate again and we can accept it,” he said.