60 killed in bombing outside Kabul airport; ISIS blamed for attack

At least 60 people were killed and 140 injured today in a suicide bombing outside a gate into Kabul airport, reports Afghanistan's Ministry of Public Health. 12 of those killed were U.S. servicemembers, reports the Pentagon, with 15 more injured.

Twelve members of the US military were killed and 15 more were injured in the attack at Kabul's airport, Gen. Kenneth "Frank" McKenzie, head of the US Central Command, said at a briefing.

"It's a hard day today," McKenzie said.

McKenzie said the attack included two suicide bombers followed by gunmen opening fire.

There were at least two explosions near a gate at the Kabul airport today. They came as the US and other countries race to evacuate people ahead of President Biden's Aug. 31 withdrawal deadline.

The culprits are thought to be an offshoot of ISIS called ISIS in Khorasan or ISIS-K, taking advantage of ongoing chaos following the Taliban's defeat of the Afghan army and the government's collapse. Evacuation efforts continue, with about 1,000 American citizens still in the country.