Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 27) — No Filipino casualties were reported in the two bombing attacks on Thursday outside Kabul’s airport in Afghanistan, the Department of Foreign Affairs said.
“Preliminary information from Philippine Ambassador Daniel Espiritu, who is based in Islamabad, Pakistan, indicates that there were no Filipino casualties at the suicide bombings at Kabul airport yesterday,” the DFA said in a statement on Friday.
Thirteen US service members and at least 60 Afghans have been killed in the deadly blasts that took place outside Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport, the Pentagon and Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health said in its latest report early Friday.
The bombings came as the US government and other Western countries evacuate their citizens and Afghan allies following the Taliban takeover of the country. US President Joe Biden vowed to retaliate for the attacks, which also wounded more than a hundred people.
ISIS in Khorasan or ISIS-K, a branch of the terror group that first emerged in Syria and Iraq and now operating in Afghanistan, said that one of its suicide bombers carried out the attack.
The DFA earlier issued Alert Level 4, its highest alert while undertaking the mandatory evacuation of all Filipinos in Afghanistan. As of August 25, there were 185 Filipinos who have already been evacuated while 24 still remain in the country.