Ten civilians, which included seven children, were killed in a US drone strike targeting a vehicle in a residential area of Kabul on Sunday.
The US performed a defensive airstrike which targeted a suspected ISIS-K suicide bomber. They were believed to be an “imminent” threat to the airport, which came from the US Central Command Sunday (The Washington Post). The deceased were from a single extended family. They had left their car when the strike had hit another vehicle nearby. According to family members, the youngest were two 2-year-old girls (CNN).
Two US military officials told Associated Press multiple suicide bombers were inside the vehicle that was targeted. The vehicle was parked in a compound between two buildings near the airport. It was struck by a Hellfire missile after individuals were seen loading explosives into the truck (AP). There was a second explosion which severely damaged a building next to the vehicle (Business Insider).
On Thursday a suicide attack left over 180 people, including 13 US military, dead at the airport. The US military cargo flights continued runs into the airport Sunday, ahead of Biden’s Tuesday deadline to withdraw all troops (New York Post).
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