British children missing after ISIS-K Kabul bomb slaughtered 170 victims

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The bombing targeted Kabul airport, where US and British forces have been desperately evacuating their nationals and Afghan allies. At least two of those killed were British, according to the Government, with the child of a UK national also dying.

The dead included 13 American soldiers, with several more being seriously injured.

Muhammad Niazi, a British Afghan, has been named as one of the victims by the BBC.

Two of his children, along with his wife, are currently missing.

It is unclear whether Mr Niazi’s wife is a British national.

According to CNN, the bodies of 132 of those killed in the blast have yet to be identified.

Speaking on Friday, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab condemned the attack.

He said: “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.

“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.

“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.

“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.”

Western forces are committed to leaving Kabul airport by August 31, a deadline set by the Taliban.

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More than 100,000 people are believed to have been flown out of Kabul over the past week.

On Saturday the US military said it targeted an ISIS commander in eastern Afghanistan with a drone strike, which it believes killed him.

The attack took place in Nangarhar province, where ISIS has an established presence.

Captain Bill Urban, from Central Command, commented: “The unmanned airstrike occurred in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

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“Initial indications are that we killed the target. We know of no civilian casualties.”

American and British troops are preparing to withdraw from Kabul airport, with the evacuation programme for Afghan allies largely suspended.

John Kirby, a US Pentagon spokesperson, warned “specific credible” threats remain against the airport.

He commented: “We certainly are prepared and would expect future attempts.”

The Taliban has stormed across Afghanistan over the past couple of months, since Joe Biden ordered the final US troops to withdraw.

Kabul, the capital, fell to the fundamentalist group on August 15.
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