“India strongly condemns the bomb blasts in Kabul. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of victims of this terrorist attack. Today’s attacks reinforce the need for the world to stand unitedly against terrorism & all those who provide sanctuaries to terrorists,” the Indian Ministry of External Affairs said.
The explosions occurred at a time several countries rush to remove their citizens and Afghan partners from Kabul before the American army’s exit deadline of 31 August.
Meanwhile, in an emotional statement from the White House, US President Joe Biden said that the attacks would not force the US out of Afghanistan sooner than planned, and warned of consequences for those responsible. He said, “We will not forgive. We’ll not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay.”
On Thursday, 26 August, a second explosion was reported at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. The explosion happened near the Baron Hotel. The Turkish Defence Ministry verified it. “We have no casualties among our ranks,” it said. It has also been confirmed by the Pentagon. According to Republic Media Network sources, the initial explosion was put off by a suicide bomber and was followed by gunfire.