Bombings outside Kabul airport 'deplorable & cannot be justified': MFA

Singapore strongly condemns the attacks.

Kayla Wong | August 27, 2021, 12:05 PM

Singapore strongly condemns the bombings outside the Kabul airport on Aug. 26, which have "killed and injured many innocent Afghan civilians as well as foreigners," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said.

The ministry further said these "acts of violence are deplorable and cannot be justified".

The attack, carried out by two suicide bombers who detonated explosives near the airport, had killed at least 90 Afghans and 13 U.S. service members, The Wall Street Journal reported. Officials warned that the death toll could grow.

More than 140 Afghans and 18 U.S. military personnel have been wounded as well.

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"We convey our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wish the injured a full recovery," MFA added.

"Singapore continues to urge all parties, including the Taliban, to ensure the safety of civilians and facilitate the safe and orderly departure of foreign nationals who wish to leave Afghanistan."

The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), also known as the Islamic State, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

U.S. President Joe Biden, in an emotional speech, said the latest attack would not force the U.S. to leave Afghanistan earlier than the scheduled Aug. 31, and vowed to "make [ISIS] pay".

U.S. and UK officials had warned of an "imminent" attack hours earlier, urging Afghans to leave the airport.

However, they had chosen to stay for they were desperate to flee the country in the last few days before the U.S. is scheduled to pull its remaining troops by Aug. 31.

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