People fled from the sound of gunfire Saturday near the main gate to Kabul airport as Taliban forces shot into the air in an attempt to disperse crowds of people desperate to flee the country.
READ MORE: Less than 48 hours after the deadly explosion outside Kabul’s airport, U.S. military forces retaliated with a drone strike Friday on an Islamic State Afghan affiliate group known as Islamic State Khorasan, or ISIS-K. The U.S. strike targeted a person who the military says was responsible for planning deadly anti-U.S. attacks in Kabul.
“The unmanned airstrike occurred in the Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan,” Captain Bill Urban, a spokesman for the U.S. Central Command, said in a statement. “Initial indications are that we killed the target. We know of no civilian casualties.”
ISIS-K has claimed responsibility for the devastating suicide bomber explosion on the perimeter of Kabul’s airport Thursday in which at least 170 Afghans and 13 U.S. service members were killed.
On Friday, the U.S. Embassy urged U.S. citizens to stay away from the Kabul airport because of security threats and to leave immediately if they were near any of four gates to the airport, according to a statement on the State Department’s website.