Moment of emergency mothers pass children over fence to Australian soldiers ahead of Kabul . bombings
Poignant footage captures the moment desperate mothers handed their children over to Australian soldiers in the hours before two blasts at Kabul airport killed 60 people.
Video shows families carrying young children and their belongings over a barbed wire fence to Australian soldiers outside the airport on Thursday.
At 6 p.m. local time, at least 60 Afghans and 12 US servicemen were killed when two suicide bombers attacked the crowds trying to flee the city after the fall of the Taliban 10 days ago.
No Australian troops were killed in the two deadly bombings, and the ADF withdrew their soldiers during a final airlift earlier in the day.
Desperate mothers gave their children to Australian soldiers in the hours before two blasts at Kabul airport killed 60 people
An Australian soldier takes belongings from crowds at the airport. No Australian troops were killed in the two deadly bomb explosions, following a final airlift earlier in the day
The Afghan affiliate of Islamic State, known as Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-K), has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
“It’s a terrible, terrible day,” Defense Secretary Peter Dutton said on Friday’s Today show.
“I just mourn, as any decent person would, the loss of human life and especially for us, the loss of American lives.”
Australia has helped about 4,000 people escape Afghanistan, which has fallen into chaos after the Taliban quickly took control after a US decision to withdraw from the country after 20 years.
Mr Dutton said US troops are providing security for thousands of Australian citizens and visa holders who escaped through the Abbey Gate and Baron hotel where the explosions were detonated.
Our troops will be devastated by the loss of their comrades. These are people they’ve been working with for the past week,” he said.
Injured women arrive at a hospital for treatment after two blasts that ravaged Kabul on Thursday
A man injured in the attacks in Kabul on Thursday is being treated in hospital. Among the dead in the two bombings were 12 US troops, including 11 US Marines and a naval medic
ISIS has claimed responsibility for Thursday’s series of attacks. A fighter is shown in a hold of the group’s Telegram account, where they are allowed to operate
“It’s remarkable how many people they’ve brought out, who they’ve saved, especially women and children, but everyone is devastated.”
As well as Australia, Norway, Poland, the Netherlands and Canada have all stopped evacuating civilians.
US General Kenneth F. McKenzie said the US would continue to evacuate its citizens despite Thursday’s attack and despite an “imminent” threat of more attacks.
US President Joe Biden has promised to track down and destroy the terrorists in the double suicide bombing.
He paid tribute to the “selfless heroes” who died to save vulnerable people, but issued a stern warning to those responsible.
“For those who carried out this attack, as well as anyone who wants to harm America, know this: We will not forgive, we will not forget,” he said in a White House speech.
“We’ll hunt you down and make you pay.”
Biden is under intense pressure to justify his decision to withdraw by August 31, following the way the Taliban rampaged through the country and captured the capital.
That pressure peaked on Thursday when Republicans called for Biden’s resignation or impeachment.
Injured Afghans lie on a bed in a hospital after deadly explosions outside the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, August 26, 2021. Two suicide bombers and gunmen attacked crowds of Afghans who flocked to the Kabul airport on Thursday, turning a desperation scene into a of horror in the waning days of an airlift for those fleeing the Taliban takeover
Government officials have been forced to negotiate with Kabul’s new rulers to ensure Westerners and vulnerable Afghans can reach the airport.
In recent days, there have been increasing warnings that ISIS-K was planning a major attack.
Biden said the US would continue the operation to rescue another 1,000 Americans who would still be in Kabul.
“We are not deterred by terrorists,” he said. “We won’t let them get in the way of our mission.”