Afghanistan: Two Britons and a third British child among 95 killed in terrorist attack outside Kabul airport | world News

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said two British men and a teenage child of a third British citizen were among the 95 people killed in the terrorist attack outside Kabul airport yesterday.

suicide bombing claimed by ISIS-KA branch of the so-called Islamic State.

Raab said: “I was deeply saddened to learn that two British nationals and the child of another British citizen were killed in the terrorist attack yesterday, and two others were injured.

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The three dead were from three different families. Pic: Hassan Majeed/UPI/Shutterstock

“These were innocent people, and it is a tragedy that they tried to bring their loved ones to safety in the UK, they were killed by cowardly terrorists.

“Yesterday’s despicable attack highlights the dangers facing those in Afghanistan and reinforces why we are doing everything we can to get people out. We are providing consular support to their families.

“We will never turn our backs on those who look at us in their time of need, and terrorists will never intimidate us.”

The three victims were from three different families, all waiting outside the airport trying to get to an evacuation flight from Afghanistan after Taliban takes over.

Another British citizen was injured. This individual has been taken to the airport and treated by military medics and is due to be evacuated to the UK.

Another person – an Afghan child – linked to a British family was injured while being treated at a hospital in Kabul.

One of the injured was from a fourth family.

It comes as Pentagon officials have said there was no second blast in the attack – adding that it is important to “correct the record”.

“I can assure you that we do not believe that a second explosion, at or near the Baron Hotel, was a single suicide,” said US Army Major William “Hank” Taylor.

Among the dead were 13 US service members.

Navy medic Max Soviak, believed to be in his early twenties, is the first Navy medic to be named.

Navy medic Max Soviak was among the dead yesterday
Navy medic Max Soviak was among the dead yesterday

His sister posted on Instagram to pay the tribute, saying that she is “beautiful, smart, drumming, her annoying and charming little brother killed yesterday helps save lives.”

“He was a medical assistant. He’s there to help people. Now he’s gone and my family will never be the same,” she said.

She added, “My heart is broken and I don’t think they will ever come back.”

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said officials had not confirmed that the Taliban were not involved in the attack and said there was a “failure” at some point.

The Pentagon admits it missed some intelligence about the attacks in Kabul.
The Pentagon said it could not rule out Taliban involvement in the attack

He said: We are not sure [Taliban involvement] Absolutely.”

American troops wounded in the attack are receiving treatment in Germany.

When asked how many ISIS members in Khorasan were in prisons liberated by the Taliban, Kirby said, “They are in the thousands.”

He said that the US forces did not move these prisoners before the Taliban seized power because it was the responsibility of the Afghan forces.

“With the progress of the Taliban, we did not see the level of resistance of the Afghans to keep some bases and some land and unfortunately those were bases that the Afghans did not have,” he said.

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In the last 24 hours, the Pentagon confirmed that 85 flights had left Kabul airport, with nearly 12,500 people – bringing the total number of evacuees to 111,000.

Both Boris Johnson and Joe Biden pledged to continue evacuation efforts in Afghanistan despite the attack.

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