Two British nationals and the child of another British national were among those killed in the August 26 Kabul airport suicide bombing, the UK Secretary of State Dominic Raab announced on August 27.
According to Raab, two other British nationals were also wounded in the attack. The Secretary didn’t clarify their current medical status.
“It is a tragedy that as they sought to bring their loved ones to safety in the UK they were murdered by cowardly terrorists,” Raab said, according to the BBC.
ISIS-Khorasan Province (ISIS-KP) took responsibility for the attack, claiming that was carried out by a single suicide bomber. Nevertheless, US defense sources said “gunmen” also took part in the attack.
The suicide attack claimed the lives of 13 US service members, including ten Marines. At least 18 others were wounded.
The death toll from the attack rose on August 27 to reach 170. At least 200 people were also injured. Most of the victims have not been identified, yet.
Citing unnamed US officials, Reuters reported that President Joe Biden had given US commanders full authority to conduct operations against ISIS-KP targets. A day earlier, Biden vowed to “hunt down” those responsible for the attack on US forces in Kabul airport.
Meanwhile, US forces continue to evacuate American citizens and Afghan collaborators through Kabul airport. The forces are expected to end their mission and leave before the end of August 31.
According to White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki, advisers told President Biden the next few days of the evacuation mission from Afghanistan will be the most dangerous to date. Biden was also informed that another attack in Kabul is likely to happen.