13 US troops among 73 killed in Kabul airport attack: Key points

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NEW DELHI: Two suicide bombers and gunmen attacked crowds of Afghans flocking to Kabul’s airport Thursday, as people desperate to leave the country thronged the airport despite warnings of ‘imminent’ terror attack. At least 60 Afghans and 13 US troops were among the ones killed, Afghan and US officials said.
Here are the key developments since the deadliest terror attack in Afghanistan in recent times:
Islamic State claims responsibility for Kabul airport attack
The Islamic State’s affiliate in Afghanistan, known as The Islamic State-Khorasan Province after a name for the region from antiquity, said in its claim of responsibility that it targeted American troops and their Afghan allies.
The statement carried a photo of what the militant group said was the bomber who carried out the attack. The image shows the alleged attacker standing with the explosive belt in front of the black IS flag with a black cloth covering his face, only his eyes showing.
The statement made no mention of a second suicide bomber or gunmen. The claim could not be independently verified.
IS also said the bomber managed to get past Taliban security checkpoints to come within 5 metres (yards) of a gathering of US soldiers, translators and collaborators before detonating his explosives.
The extremist IS group has battled the Taliban, which it views as traitorous for agreeing to a peace deal with the United States.
At least 28 Taliban members among dead
At least 28 members of the Taliban were among the people killed in explosions overnight outside the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, a Taliban official told Reuters on Friday.
“We have lost more people than the Americans,” said the official, who declined to be identified. He said there was no reason to extend the Aug. 31 deadline for foreign forces to leave the country.
‘We will hunt you down,’ Biden warns Kabul attackers
US President Joe Biden pledged Thursday to hunt down the perpetrators of the suicide bombings that killed 12 American troops in Kabul.
“To those who carried out this attack as well as anyone who wishes America harm, know this: We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay,” Biden said.
He said there is no sign of ‘collusion’ between Taliban and Islamic State in the attack.
“There is no evidence thus far that I’ve been given as a consequence by any of the commanders in the field that there has been collusion between the Taliban and ISIS in carrying out what happened today,” he said.

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