The United States will return the Kabul airport to the Afghan people, State Department spokesman Ned Price said Friday (local time).
“On our departure, we will return the Kabul airport to the Afghan people,” the foreign ministry official said at a media briefing.
Earlier, the Taliban spokesman said the group has been monitoring parts of Kabul’s airport as an August 31 deadline for the United States is about to end.
“Today, three key locations in the military area of Kabul airport have been evacuated by the Americans and are under the control of the Islamic Emirate,” spokesman Bilal Karimi said on Twitter.
Meanwhile, the Pentagon said the deadly attack outside the Kabul airport on Thursday was carried out by a suicide bomber and there was no second explosion at a nearby hotel.
“I can confirm to you that we do not believe there was a second explosion at or near the Baron Hotel, that it was a suicide bomber,” Major General Hank Taylor, deputy director of the Joint Staff for Regional Operations, told reporters . at the Pentagon, The Hill reported.
Thursday’s bombing, which killed 13 US servicemen and at least 100 Afghans, took place “right near” the abbey gate at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul.
Defense officials initially said a second bombing had taken place outside the Baron Hotel, which is adjacent to the airport and a key site in the effort to evacuate US and British civilians.
But on Friday, Taylor said Defense officials do not know the source of that initial report.
“We’re not sure how that report was misrepresented, but we do know that it’s no surprise that the confusion of highly dynamic events like this can sometimes cause information to be misreported or distorted,” he said. “Details are still being gathered,” The Hill reported.