Múltiples víctimas tras la explosión en el aeropuerto de Kabul
August 26, 2021 - Funcionarios de EUA dicen que ha ocurrido una explosión afuera del aeropuerto de Kabul, luego de advertencias de naciones occidentales sobre un posible ataque allí por parte de la filial en Afganistán del grupo llamado Estado Islámico.
American military and intelligence analysts say threats from the Islamic State Khorasan group – also known as ISIS-K – include a bomb-laden truck, suicide bombers infiltrating the crowd outside Hamid Karzai International Airport and mortar strikes against the airfield.
ISIS-K was formed by disaffected fighters from Pakistani Taliban, following the creation in 2014 of a caliphate in Iraq and Syria by the so-called Islamic State group.
ISIS-K is said to have around 1,500-2,000 fighters in Nuristan, Kunar and Nangarhar provinces, with cells across Afghanistan, including Kabul.
The group is headed since Jun 2020 by Shahab al-Muhajir. The ISIS-K founding emir, Hafiz Saeed Khan, was killed in a U.S. airstrike in 2016.
ISIS-K criticises the Taliban’s version of Islamic rule as insufficiently hard line, and denounces their deal with the U.S. over troop withdrawals.
ISIS-K was responsible for 77 attacks in Afghanistan in the first four months of this year – up from 21 in the same period in 2020, according to the UN. The school bombing in Kabul in May 2021, killed 80 schoolgirls.
- Afghans told to leave Kabul airport over 'very credible' Islamic State threat (Reuters)
- ISIS Branch Poses Biggest Immediate Terror Threat to Evacuation in Kabul (NYT)
- Islamic State Khorasan (Center for Strategic and International Studies)
- Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant in Afghanistan (UN Security Council)