Kabul airport blasts LIVE updates: The Pentagon said on Friday that a deadly attack at the gate to Kabul airport in Afghanistan yesterday was carried out by one suicide bomber, not two. “I can confirm for you that we do not believe that there was a second explosion at or near the Baron Hotel, that it was one suicide bomber,” Army Major General William Taylor was quoted as saying by Reuters.
Meanwhile, the reported toll of the bombing outside Kabul’s airport rose sharply on Friday, with Afghan health officials saying that as many as 170 people were killed and at least 200 were wounded, the New York Times reported. Health officials’ estimate of the number of bombing victims, which did not include the 13 US service members killed and 15 wounded, was supported by interviews with hospital officials.
In other news, Russia has called for rapid efforts to help form an inclusive interim government in Afghanistan after the deadly attack at Kabul airport, saying Islamic State was trying to capitalise on chaos in the country and endangering everyone.