November 30, 2021

Afghanistan airstrikes: US drone strike in Kabul kills suspected ISIS-K suicide bombers targeting Kabul airport, officials say

KABUL, Afghanistan — A U.S. drone strike hit a automobile with “multiple suicide bombers” on its strategy to Kabul’s airport, in accordance with U.S. officials. They mentioned the risk is believed to have been eradicated.

It is a breaking information replace. A earlier model of this report is beneath.

The Taliban mentioned {that a} U.S. airstrike focused a suicide bomber in a automobile Sunday who needed to assault the Kabul worldwide airport amid the American army’s evacuation there.

There have been few preliminary particulars concerning the incident, in addition to a rocket that struck a neighborhood simply northwest of the airport, killing a baby. The 2 strikes initially gave the impression to be separate incidents, although data on each remained scarce.

The assault comes as the USA winds down a historic airlift that noticed tens of hundreds evacuated from Kabul’s worldwide airport, the scene of a lot of the chaos that engulfed the Afghan capital because the Taliban took over two weeks in the past. After an Islamic State affiliate’s suicide assault that killed over 180 folks, the Taliban elevated its safety across the airfield as Britain ended its evacuation flights Saturday.

U.S. army cargo planes continued their runs into the airport Sunday, forward of a Tuesday deadline earlier set by President Joe Biden to withdraw all troops from America’s longest battle. Nonetheless, Afghans remaining behind in the nation fear concerning the Taliban reverting to their earlier oppressive rule – one thing fueled by the current capturing demise of a people singer in the nation by the insurgents.

Zabihullah Mujahid mentioned in a message to journalists that the strike focused the bomber as he drove a automobile loaded with explosives. Mujahid provided few different particulars.

U.S. army officials couldn’t be instantly reached for remark.

The rocket assault in the meantime struck Kabul’s Khuwja Bughra neighborhood, mentioned Rashid, the Kabul police chief who goes by one title. Video obtained by The Related Press in the aftermath of the assault confirmed smoke rising from constructing on the website round a kilometer (half a mile) from the airport.

No group instantly claimed the assault, nonetheless militants have fired rockets in the previous.

In the meantime, the household of a people singer north of Kabul say the Taliban killed him.

The capturing of Fawad Andarabi got here in the Andarabi Valley for which he was named, an space of Baghlan province some 100 kilometers (60 miles) north of Kabul. The valley had seen upheaval because the Taliban takeover, with some districts in the world coming below the management of militia fighters against the Taliban rule. The Taliban say they’ve since retaken these areas, although neighboring Panjshir in the Hindu Kush mountains stays the one one among Afghanistan’s 34 provinces not below its management.

The Taliban beforehand got here out to Andarabi’s house and searched it, even consuming tea with the musician, his son Jawad Andarabi instructed the AP. However one thing modified Friday.

“He was innocent, a singer who only was entertaining people,” his son mentioned. “They shot him in the head on the farm.”

His son mentioned he needed justice and {that a} native Taliban council promised to punish his father’s killer.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid instructed the AP that the insurgents would examine the incident, however had no different particulars on the killing.

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Andarabi performed the ghichak, a bowed lute, and sang conventional songs about his birthplace, his folks and Afghanistan as a complete. A video on-line confirmed him at one efficiency, sitting on a rug with the mountains of house surrounding him as he sang.

“There is no country in the world like my homeland, a proud nation,” he sang. “Our beautiful valley, our great-grandparents’ homeland.”

Karima Bennoune, the United Nations particular rapporteur on cultural rights, wrote on Twitter that she had “grave concern” over Andarabi’s killing.

“We call on governments to demand the Taliban respect the #humanrights of #artists,” she wrote.

Agnes Callamard, the secretary-general of Amnesty Worldwide, equally decried the killing.

“There is mounting evidence that the Taliban of 2021 is the same as the intolerant, violent, repressive Taliban of 2001,” she wrote on Twitter. “20 years later. Nothing has changed on that front.”

In the meantime on Sunday, personal banks throughout Afghanistan resumed their operations. Nonetheless, they restricted withdrawals to not more than the equal of $200 a day.

Whereas some complained of nonetheless being unable to entry their cash, authorities staff say they have not been paid over the past 4 months. The Afghani traded round 90.5 to $1, persevering with its depreciation as billions of {dollars} in the nation’s reserves stay frozen abroad.

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Akhgar reported from Istanbul, Gambrell from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.