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PM: UK’s evacuation operation in Afghanistan will continue despite ‘barbaric’ Kabul attack

Written by on 26/08/2021

The prime minister says the UK’s evacuation operation in Afghanistan will continue despite what he described as the “barbaric” terrorist attack at Kabul airport.

Boris Johnson was speaking in the wake of two explosions in the Afghan capital suspected to have been carried out by suicide bombers.

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The Taliban says at least 13 people, including children, have been killed in the attack. Dozens of others are being treated in local hospitals.

Speaking after a meeting of the government’s emergency COBRA committee, the PM said members of the US military “very sadly have lost their lives” in the attacks, as well as “many Afghan casualties”.

Mr Johnson continued: “I want to stress that this threat of a terrorist attack is one of the constraints that we’ve been operating under in Operation Pitting, in the big extraction that’s been going on, and we’ve been ready for it, we’ve been prepared for it.

“And I want to stress that we’re going to continue with that operation – and we’re now coming towards the end of it, to the very end of it, in any event.”

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He added: “But, clearly, what this attack shows is the importance of continuing that work in as fast and as efficient manner as possible in the hours that remain to us, and that’s what we’re going to do.”

At least three US service members have been killed in the attack, according to an American official.

 Sky News

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