Ten Marines and at least one Navy hospital corpsman are among the 13 U.S. troops dead following a suicide bomb attack on crowds struggling to get into the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on Thursday, USNI News has learned.
Eighteen U.S. service members were wounded and an unknown number of Afghans were killed and wounded in an attack believed to have been perpetrated by ISIS Khorasan. The military believes a suicide bomb was detonated near the Abbey gate at HKIA and another bomb which it doesn’t have much information about was detonated near the Baron Hotel by the airport, U.S. Central Command chief Gen. Frank McKenzie told reporters today at a Pentagon briefing.
On Friday, U.S. officials said there was only one bombing attack in a statement to reporters.
This is a solemn day for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps team. Those warriors who died gave their lives to save thousands of men, women, and children, Americans and Afghans alike,” Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday said in a statement.
“Their courage and selflessness represent the highest ideals of America. We pay solemn tribute to their sacrifice.