U.S. military carries out strike against vehicle filled with suicide bombers in Kabul

The United States military on Sunday carried out an air strike in Kabul only 48 hours after a previous strike in the Nangarhar Province killed two ISIS-K targets and wounded another one.

The strike on Sunday in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, was said to be against a “credible threat.”

Reports quoted a Defense official as saying that the U.S. military drone blew up a vehicle filled with suicide bombers.

The drone strike came after President Joseph R. Biden Jr. warned in a statement on Saturday that another terror attack was “highly likely.”

The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan, which is operating from Kabul airport, said in a statement on Sunday that there was a “specific, credible threat” to the airport area.

That same area was where a suicide bomber killed 13 U.S. service members on Thursday and more than 170 Afghan civilians with some estimates putting the death toll at close to 200.

“Our commanders informed me that an attack is highly likely in the next 24-36 hours,” President Biden said in a statement on Saturday. “I directed them to take every possible measure to prioritize force protection, and ensured that they have all the authorities, resources and plans to protect our men and women on the ground. They assured me that they did, and that they could take these measures while completing the mission and safely retrograding our personnel.”

With two days left before final troops withdrawal, a White House official said on Sunday that since August 14, the U.S. has evacuated and facilitated the evacuation of approximately 114,400 people, bringing the total number of people who been evacuated since the end of July to nearly 120,000 people.

“From August 28 at 3:00 AM EDT to August 29 at 3:00 AM EDT, a total of approximately 2,900 people were evacuated from Kabul. This is the result of 32 U.S. military flights (26 C-17s and 6 C-130s), which carried approximately 2,200 evacuees, and 9 coalition flights, which carried 700 people,” a White House official said.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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