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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemns Kabul airport blasts, says helping Afghans everyone's responsibility

Taking to Twitter, Boris Johnson said, "I utterly condemn the barbaric terrorist attack in Kabul in which Afghans and members of the US military lost their lives. The threat of terrorist attack is one of the constraints we’ve been operating under, but our evacuation effort continues with over 12,000 extracted so far."

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New Delhi Updated on: August 26, 2021 23:53 IST

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday condemned the twin suicide blasts at the Kabul international airport amid evacuation chaos killing over 40 people and wounding more than 120.

Taking to Twitter, Boris Johnson said, "I utterly condemn the barbaric terrorist attack in Kabul in which Afghans and members of the US military lost their lives. The threat of terrorist attack is one of the constraints we’ve been operating under, but our evacuation effort continues with over 12,000 extracted so far."

Johnson said there is a need to fasten the process of evacuation adding helping Afghans is the entire world's responsibility.

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Reacting to the Kabul airport blast, Tom Tugendhat, UK Conservative MP and chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, said on Thursday that whenever Islamist extremists take power, terror follows.

"The attack on innocent people at Kabul airport simply trying to escape the horror of Taliban rule shows exactly who the group has brought with them. The pattern is well established - from Nigeria and Mali to Syria and Iraq - whenever Islamist extremists take power, terror follows," he said, adding that Taliban rule has brought this to innocent people trying to escape the horror of Taliban rule.

The prime suspect for the suicide bombing at Kabul airport is the Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan known as Islamic State Khorasan Province (Isis-K or ISKP), The Guardian reported.

Jake Sullivan, National Security Advisor to US President Joe Biden, had said on Sunday that there is an acute and "persistent" threat to the continuing evacuations from the Afghan capital from Isis-K, which takes its name Khorasan from that used by a series of Muslim imperial rulers for a swath of land stretching from Iran to the western Himalayas.

The warning, which focused attention on a group that has hitherto had a very low international profile, was echoed this week by British and Western European officials.

A blast rocked the Kabul airport, which is thronged by crowds of desperate Afghans seeking to flee the country after the Taliban takeover, on Thursday, causing numerous casualties, including US personnel. There was also a blast at a nearby hotel, causing more casualties.

As per sources, bodies were scattered on the roads after the explosions. Sporadic gunshots were also heard for a while, Khaama News reported.

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