Smoke rises from a deadly explosion outside the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. Two suicide bombers and gunmen have targeted crowds massing near the Kabul airport, in the waning days of a massive airlift that has drawn thousands of people seeking to flee the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Wali Sabawoon)

Reuters’ foreign policy correspondent, Idrees Ali, has been informed by a US Pentagon official that at least 10 US troops were killed in the blasts outside Kabul aiport.

He says this is a number “expected to rise”.

The Wall Street Journal has reported at least 60 Afghans were killed in the blasts.

The attack also led to the deaths of four US Marines.

The WSJ reports:

The US envoy in Kabul told embassy staff there that four US Marines were killed in the attack at the city’s airport and three wounded, a US official with knowledge of the briefing said. A senior Afghan health official put the death toll among local civilians at 60, with many more fighting for their lives.

At the time of the attack, approaches to the airport’s gates were packed by thousands of Afghans who feared persecution by the Taliban because they had assisted US-led coalition efforts in the country over the past two decades.