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JUST IN: According to a new report from the Wall Street Journal 4 US Marines have reportedly been killed and three more wounded in a massive suicide attack on the Kabul airport.
The U.S. ambassador in Kabul has told staff there that four U.S. Marines were killed in an explosion at the city’s airport and three wounded, a U.S. official with knowledge of the briefing said. Two explosions ripped through crowds of Afghans trying to enter the airport on Thursday.
At least three U.S. troops were injured, a U.S. official said. Witnesses reported multiple fatalities among the Afghans, many of whom were trying to enter the airport because they had assisted U.S.-led coalition efforts and feared persecution by the Taliban.
Western governments have by Islamic State and urged their citizens not to approach the airport. After the blasts, the U.S. Embassy told all Americans to leave the entrances to the airport immediately.
The explosion at the Abbey Gate of the airport was the result of a complex attack, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said. He said another blast occurred near the Baron hotel adjacent to the airport. A British security official said both attacks were carried out by suicide bombers.
BREAKING: 4 U.S. Marines killed, 3 wounded in suicide bombing outside Kabul airport: U.S. officials
— Lucas Tomlinson (@LucasFoxNews) August 26, 2021
The blast also has reportedly killed dozens of Afghan nationals and left over 100 wounded.
UPDATE 2:05 PM: According to Fox News the death toll for US personnel has now risen to 10:
Fox News reporting now at least 10 American marines or soldiers are confirmed dead…
— Kassy Dillon (@KassyDillon) August 26, 2021
My God. 10 Marines and Soldiers killed. No words
— Amber Smith (@AmberSmithUSA) August 26, 2021
Once the death count was raised to 12 U.S. Military service members, Speaker Nancy Pelosi was