US says ISKP planner killed in drone attack
The United States claimed that it had carried out a drone strike in Nangarhar province of eastern Afghanistan, killing a “planner” of an ISIS-affiliated group called ISKP or Islamic Sate-Khurasan Province.
The US drone attack came in response to suicide attack at Kabul airport which killed more than 150 people and intensified the crisis in Afghanistan. Later, ISKP claimed the responsibility of the airport carnage.
Earlier, there were reports of two suicide attacks but later the Pentagon said that the attack was carried out by a single suicide bomber at a gate to the airport and there was no second explosion.
Moreover, Captain Bill Urban of the US Central Command confirmed that no civilian causalities occurred during the airstrike. Meanwhile, the US has claimed to have evacuated about 111,000 people in a week after Taliban took over Kabul on August 15.
At least 185 deaths were confirmed with hundreds of people getting injured as suicide bombing targeted Kabul airport on Thursday amid chaotic evacuation.
According to media reports, 13 US soldiers and 28 members of Taliban were among those who were killed on Thursday.
Reacting to the developments, the president of United States Joe Biden had pledged to take revenge of the attacks. “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.
While condemning the attack, the Taliban officials said that the security of the airport was the responsibility of the US, although they have formed a committee to investigate the airport carnage. The group further said that the new regime would control the ongoing security crisis.
A Taliban official told media that there was no need to extend the August 31 deadline for foreign forces to leave the country. “We have lost more people than the Americans,” he emphasised.