Afghanistan: a new explosion heard in Kabul

An explosion due to rocket fire was heard Sunday in Kabul, initially raising fears of a new attack, three days after a deadly attack at the airport in the Afghan capital, where Westerners are completing their evacuation operations.

The explosion was caused by rocket fire which “according to initial information hit a house”, according to an official in the former government overthrown two weeks ago by the Taliban.

Biden warned of high risk of attack on Saturday

The situation is very tense in the Afghan capital, while US President Joe Biden on Saturday warned of a “very likely” attack at Kabul airport “within 24 to 36 hours”. “The situation on the spot remains extremely dangerous and the threat of a terrorist attack on the airport remains high,” the US president wrote in a statement after a meeting with his military and security advisers.

The airport bombing, which left at least 180 dead and more than 200 injured, was claimed by a branch of the Islamic State group, ISKP, a rival to the Taliban’s new power. The latter suddenly regained power on August 15, entering Kabul without a fight after the debacle of the Afghan army, long supported by the Americans and their allies before they began to withdraw.

Since then, more than 110,000 people have left the country aboard the noria of planes chartered in particular by Westerners who follow one another on the tarmac.

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