USA has carried out this Friday a drone attack on a “lieutenant” of the Islamic State in eastern Afghanistan, as reported by the US Army, a day after the terrorist attack outside the Kabul airport that killed more than 170 people, including 13 US soldiers.
The unmanned aerial attack occurred in the Afghan province of Nangahar, reports AFP. “The first indications are that we have killed the target. We have no evidence that there have been civilian casualties, “reads a statement, aforementioned by Reuters.
The US Central Command said they believe the individual was involved in planning attacks against his country in the Afghan capital, although It is unknown if he was specifically involved with the preparation of the attacks on Thursday, carried out by two suicide bombers considered members of the IS, pick up AP.
For its part, the US Embassy in Kabul urged its citizens “to avoid going to the airport [de Kabul] and to avoid the airport gates, “due to” security threats “at the facility.” American citizens now at the Abbey Gate, east, north, or the new Home Office gate they must leave immediately“, he stressed.
“He will hunt them down and make them pay”
Previously, the president of the United States, Joe Biden, declared that his country “will not forgive” the perpetrators of the attacks and promised that “he will hunt them down and make them pay.” “May those who carried out this attack, as well as anyone who wishes [hacer] damage to America (USA), know this: We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt them down and make them pay, “he declared during a speech from the White House.
In this context, the president said that he ordered to prepare attacks against leaders and targets of the Islamic State. In addition, he promised to approve an increase in his country’s military contingent in Afghanistan if necessary.
Kenneth McKenzie Jr., head of the US Central Command, said that despite the attacks, evacuations continue. “The priority is to avoid new attacks“he said, lamenting that a” breach “allowed the first terrorist to get very close to the US soldiers who were about to search him when he detonated his bomb.
Meanwhile, Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban * movement, blamed the US for the recent situation at the Kabul airport, when thousands of people rush to leave Afghan territory. “We are sorry, we are truly sorry for what happened at Kabul airport. For our part, we have taken measures to avoid these undesirable events, “he said during an interview with MRT.
* The Taliban movement, designated as a “terrorist organization” by the UN Security Council, is declared a terrorist group and prohibited in Russia.