An “imminent attack” in Kabul airport hatched by Islamist militants was reported earlier by the British Armed Forces Minister James Heappey, who called the intelligence “very, very credible”.
Zabihullah Mujahid, who holds the office of Information Minister in the Taliban-installed government in Afghanistan, told the Russian media that his organization was the source of the information.
The threat was not specific, he said in an interview, but the plan was to provoke chaos and violence at the airport and hurt the Taliban’s reputation.
“Over the last 20 years we have learned things and changed,” the official said in the interview.
“We want to prove that we are not what anti-Taliban propaganda has portrayed us to be. We want to show that to the world.”
The Taliban seized control of Kabul earlier this month, triggering a collapse of the NATO-backed government and prompting a hectic evacuation of tens of thousands of people through the Kabul airport. The US and its allies were given time until the end of August to fully pull out from Afghanistan.
RT has a crew on the ground in Kabul, covering the dramatic events unfolding in the Afghan capital amid the transition of power. On Wednesday, RT International correspondent Murad Gazdiev and the RT Arabic team witnessed and filmed Taliban gunmen firing warning shots in an effort to ward off Afghans desperate to flee.
US Department of Defense Press Secretary John Kirby has confirmed reports of an explosion outside the Kabul airport in Afghanistan where military evacuation efforts are still underway.
Kirby tweeted on Thursday that casualties are “unclear” at this time, but more details are to come.
We can confirm an explosion outside Kabul airport. Casualties are unclear at this time. We will provide additional details when we can.
— John Kirby (@PentagonPresSec) August 26, 2021
US officials have since said that initial reports indicate the explosion originated from a suicide bomber outside of the airport.
CNN has reported injuries among Afghans, based on multiple anonymous officials’ accounts, at the Hamid Karzai International Airport.
Though these injuries are unconfirmed, images released from the area have shown bloodied Afghans rushing injured parties in wheelbarrows.
— Ravi Chaturvedi (@Ravi4Bharat) August 26, 2021