According to officials, the U.S. investigated reports of civilian casualties in Kabul after a U.S. drone strike blew up a vehicle carrying “multiple suicide bombers” from an ISIS-K terrorist group on Sunday. There is.
Captain Bill Urban, a CENTCOM spokesman, said a U.S.-led counterterrorism drone strike could have caused “additional casualties” and the two Islamic State militants it targeted. Said there is. politicianLate Sunday.
“We are aware of reports of civilian casualties after a strike on a vehicle in Kabul,” Urban said.
While the drone strike confused the imminent ISIS-K threat to Kabul International Airport, Urban said, “I would be deeply saddened that innocent life could be lost.”
“We know that there was a substantial and powerful subsequent explosion due to the destruction of the vehicle. This could have caused a large amount of explosives inside and caused additional casualties. It shows that, “he added. “It’s unclear what happened and we’re investigating further.”
The Pentagon previously said two “well-known” members of the ISIS-K terrorist group were killed in a drone strike on Friday and another was injured.
“They lost their planners, lost facilitators, one was injured, and the fact that two of these individuals are no longer walking on the surface of the globe is a good thing,” said the Pentagon. Spokesman John Kirby said at a press conference.
“It’s good for the people of Afghanistan. It’s good for our army and our army at the airfield, and I think I’m going to leave it alone,” he continued.
The drone strike on Friday occurred shortly after the attack on Kabul Airport, which killed 13 U.S. military personnel and more than 100 Afghans. ISIS-K, an ISIS member, claims responsibility for the August 26 attack and boasts of suicide bombers “managing all security fortresses” set up by the U.S. military and the Taliban. Did.
Founded in 2015, the Islamic State of Khorasan (ISIS-K) has sworn to be an enemy of the Taliban and the United States. It has been quiet since Kabul was hijacked by a terrorist group on August 15. It raised concerns that he might have planned a large-scale attack.
ISIS considers the Taliban to be Islamic with inadequate rules and believes that terrorist groups are proud to focus on global jihad rather than local.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said he was conducting a “Taliban investigation” on the attack.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan’s acting president, Amurula Surrey, claims that the Taliban were behind the explosion, according to the Constitution.
“All the evidence we have is [ISIS-K terrorist] Cells have roots in Talib [Taliban] & Haqqani Network, especially the network operated in Kabul ” Post to Twitter The day after the deadly explosion.
“We knew for a few days that the Taliban wanted to end the airport disaster with a series of bombings,” he said. Said Euronews on August 26th. “They spread the word that ISIL wants to carry out bombing. The Taliban is behind today. [Thursday’s] “Bombing,” he insisted.
The Taliban’s involvement in the attack has also not been ruled out by the United States. Kirby said on August 27 that US officials were uncertain whether the Taliban were involved.
Melanie Sun contributed to this report.