Explosion rocks Kabul airport as U.S. tries to evacuate thousands

A large explosion shook the area outside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul this morning, where the United States and NATO allies are still evacuating thousands of people from the city, Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby confirmed.

“We can confirm an explosion outside Kabul airport,” he tweeted. “Casualties are unclear at this time. We will provide additional details when we can.”

The news comes just hours after defense officials began warning about an increased terrorist threat from the Islamic State’s branch in Afghanistan. Defense officials briefed lawmakers on Tuesday about the new threat targeting airport gates and military commercial aircraft evacuating people from Kabul, POLITICO first reported.

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