Civilian death toll in Kabul blasts hits 72

At least 72 civilians have been killed in the two explosions outside Kabul airport, a Taliban official in the Afghan capital say told reporters.

Thursday’s attack was claimed by ISIL (ISIS) offshoot in Afghanistan, The Islamic State in Khorasan Province, ISKP (ISIS-K), which said its suicide bombers singled out “translators and collaborators with the American army.”

At least 13 US soldiers were also killed in Thursday’s blasts.

US President Joe Biden pledged to retaliate against the attack in Kabul, confirming that the bombings were carried out by ISIS-K. “We will hunt you down and make you pay. I will defend our interests in our people with every measure at my command,” he said.

At least 28 members of the Taliban are among the people killed, a Taliban official told Reuters news agency.

“We have lost more people than the Americans,” said the official, who declined to be identified.