There could be a terrorist attack at Kabul airport in the next few hours, and Western countries are curtailing the evacuation of citizens from the Afghan capital because of the threat. On Thursday, August 26th, it was declared by the Deputy Minister of Defense of the Great Britain James Hippy.
“We believe there could be an extremely deadly attack in the very near future, possibly in Kabul,” he told the BBC.
Hippy responded affirmatively to the journalist’s question about the threat of a terrorist attack in the coming hours. He also noted that because of a possible attack, citizens were advised to stay away from the airport, take shelter in a safe place and wait for instructions.
Also Thursday, Washington advised Americans and green card holders to go to Kabul airport through special collection points rather than trying to enter directly.
Earlier, the United States government had asked to leave the Kabul airport because of the security threat posed by militants of the radical IS movement .
A day earlier, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that Washington intended to continue to evacuate the American citizens even after the deadline of August 31. He added that so far Washington had evacuated 4,500 of the 6,000 people who wanted to leave the territory of Afghanistan. Nevertheless, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby emphasized that as the 31st date approaches, the United States will give priority to withdrawal of its servicemen and military equipment.