The Pentagon says it has decided that the assault on the Kabul airport on Thursday concerned just one location and never two as was beforehand reported.
The Pentagon stated there was one Islamic State suicide bomber, who struck on the Abbey Gate, the place determined Afghans have been crowding to try to enter Kabul airport grounds and the place U.S. troops have been conducting safety checks.
Maj. Gen. Hank Taylor, the deputy director for regional operations on the Pentagon’s Joint Workers, instructed reporters on Friday that there was no second explosion close to the Baron Resort close to the airport.
He stated the bombing on the Abbey Gate was adopted by direct gunfire from north of the gate — a part of what the navy has referred to as a fancy assault.
Taylor stated they don’t have any extra particulars on the identification of the shooters. Taylor attributed the wrong preliminary U.S. report a couple of second explosion to confusion.
In its declare of duty late Thursday, IS stated certainly one of its fighters carried out the bombing and posted a purported photograph of the bomber, posing together with his explosives vest earlier than the assault.
Two officers stated 169 Afghans died, however a ultimate depend would possibly take time amid the confusion.
The U.S. stated 13 troops have been killed in what was the deadliest day for American forces in Afghanistan since August 2011.