Two UK nationals and the child of another British national were reportedly among the victims of the suicide bombing outside the Kabul airport that killed more than 180 people, including 13 American service members.
“I was deeply saddened to learn that two British nationals and the child of another British national were killed by yesterday’s terror attack, with two more injured,” UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in a statement Friday, Reuters reported.
“These were innocent people and it is a tragedy that as they sought to bring their loved ones to safety in the UK they were murdered by cowardly terrorists,” he said.
“Yesterday’s despicable attack underlines the dangers facing those in Afghanistan and reinforces why we are doing all we can to get people out. We are offering consular support to their families,” Raab said, according to AFP.
“We will not turn our backs on those who look to us in their hour of need, and we will never be cowed by terrorists,” he added.
US officials are still trying to determine exact details of the attack, including how the ISIS-K bomber was able to get so close to the airport gate and detonate his suicide vest where US troops and Afghans were gathered.
At least 169 Afghans were killed in the attack, which involved only one bomb, not two, the Pentagon said Friday.
Army Maj. Gen. William “Hank” Taylor said there was only one ISIS-affiliated explosion at the Abbey gate at Hamid Karzai International Airport.