‘They’re sitting ducks’ Second bomb attack confirmed at hotel used by UK military

Afghanistan: Expert says US are ‘sitting ducks’

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An explosion in a suspected suicide attack outside Kabul airport at the Abbey Gate has killed at least 13 people, including children, and wounded many Taliban guards, a Taliban official said. Security expert Professor Anthony Glees has said Afghans are “sitting ducks” outside of the airport. While a second bomb was detonated outside the Baron Hotel where UK troops have been based. 

Speaking to Sky News, professor Glees said: “The Taliban have to make safe the departure of our people, the NATO people.

“It may mean sending people back into Afghanistan, President Biden will need to be persuaded but clearly they’re sitting ducks at the moment and that is not acceptable and will not be acceptable to the British public.”

Turkey’s Defence Ministry said on Thursday that two separate explosions occurred outside Kabul airport, adding there was no damage to Turkish units in the area.

Larisa Brown, the defence editor of The Times, has confirmed there are no UK casualties. She said: “Confirmed no UK casualties in attack at Abbey Gate near the Baron hotel.”

In an update on Twitter, US Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the explosion resulted in an “unknown number of casualties”.

He said: “We can confirm that the explosion near the Abbey Gate of the Kabul airport has resulted in an unknown number of casualties. We will continue to update.”

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