Australian Prime Minister accuses Kabul of suicide bombing

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has accused the terrorist bombing of Kabul and killed many Afghan civilians and 13 US military personnel.

The Pentagon has confirmed that the attack contained explosives near the monastery gate at Hamid Karzai International Airport and by another suicide bomber at the Baron Hotel. According to the Pentagon, the bombing was followed by shootings by ISIS militants.

The Prime Minister said on Friday morning that he wrote to US President Joe Biden a feeling of deep sorrow on behalf of the Australian and himself.

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison at a press conference at the Parliament Building in Canberra, Australia, on August 26, 2021. (Mick Tsikas / AAP Image)

“Australia condemns the evil, calculated, inhumane attacks that took place in Kabul all night innocently and bravely,” Morrison said. Told reporters From the Houses of Parliament in Canberra on Friday.

“We mourn their terrible loss with our American and Afghan friends.”

“We pay particular attention to the 13 U.S. military personnel reportedly killed at HKIA’s Abbey Gate. The gate where Australian Defense Force personnel stood just hours ago,” he said. ..

Morrison said US service personnel stood at the monastery’s gates to save lives, but “lost themselves by providing others with a path to freedom.”

Australia successfully completed an evacuation operation for about 4,100 people from Kabul shortly before the attack took place. Australian defense or civil servants are not injured.

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On August 26, 2021, smoke rises from a deadly explosion outside the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Wali Sabawoon / AP Photo)

Australian government officials have announced that many of the displaced have remained in the United Arab Emirates and are being arranged for repatriation to Australia.

“I want to praise all those who are part of that operation on earth, whether they are in uniform or civil servants,” Morrison said. “First and foremost, I wanted to celebrate their courage. For their sacrifice.”

Defense Minister Peter Dutton did not rule out sending defense forces back to Afghanistan when requested by allies, the United States and the United Kingdom.

“We will see what Americans have to say in the next few days. The current focus is to allow Americans, the British, and those who remain in Kabul to safely rise. That’s the only focus at the moment, “said Dutton.

He thanked the U.S. military and said Australia could not recover by itself without the efforts of U.S. military personnel who secured the airport.

Foreign Minister Marise Payne urged Australians and visa holders to stay away from Kabul Airport, be safe and contact consular staff.

Caden Pearson

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