The Islamic State is claiming responsibility for a series of bombings that took place in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday.
According to Breitbart, ISIS claimed to be the group behind the attacks via its own media outlet, Amaq.
The so-called news agency identified the suicide bomber responsible for at least one explosion that was set off near the Kabul airport as Abdul Rahman al-Logari, a member of ISIS.
“No less than five meters”
During its broadcast on Thursday afternoon, Amaq bragged about what al-Logari was able to orchestrate. According to Breitbart, the ISIS-run outlet said that al-Logari was “able to reach a distance of no less than five meters from the American forces, who were supervising the procedures for collecting documents from hundreds of translators and contractors in preparation for their evacuation from the country.”
Amaq also reportedly bragged that al-Logari “managed to penetrate all the security measures imposed by the American forces and the Taliban militia in the capital Kabul.”
Al-Logari is now considered a “martyr” by ISIS. A photo in which he can be seen carrying a gun and wearing a suicide vest is being circulated online.
U.S. troops among the dead
ISIS has claimed that the suicide bombings on Thursday killed and wounded at least 160 people, reports note, but it’s unclear whether that figure is accurate.
As of Friday morning, official reports indicated that at least 95 Afghans had died in the attacks, as well as 13 members of the U.S. armed forces. But the death toll continues to rise.
The 13 U.S. military members who were killed included 10 Marines, two soldiers, and one Navy medic.
This is the highest number of U.S. military deaths that have taken place in a single day in Afghanistan in a decade, according to reports.
“We will hunt you down”
According to the New York Times, President Joe Biden responded to the terrorist bombings with a speech in which he said, “We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay.” Only time will tell if this turns out to be more than mere rhetoric.
Meanwhile, evacuations have resumed in Afghanistan as U.S. officials warn that more attacks there are expected.