US on alert: Evacuation panic as officials warn '7 ISIS suicide bombers are on the loose'

US OFFICIALS in Kabul are on alert after a new warning was issued about an “imminent attack” against foreigners in the country, amid claims that “seven ISIS suicide bombers” are still roaming the Afghan capital.

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Seven ISIS terrorists, thought to be suicide bombers, are still roaming Kabul, according to a US intelligence report. This comes as American officials have issued a new warning to US citizens to stay away from the Kabul airport’s gates in case of further attacks. Anas Mallick, a reporter on the ground for WION, said that the threat was specifically levelled against “hotels, embassies and the airport”.

According to Mr Mallick, US intelligence claims that seven ISIS terrorists are on the loose after the Kabul airport attack.

He told viewers: “Kabul is still in mourning and reeling from the attacks.

“Where I am is usually packed, it’s a city centre, but the bombing attacks have had an impact.

“There is an imminent threat. We saw a foreign intelligence threat coming into western journalists, that at least seven suicide bombers are on the loose.”

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Seven ISIS terrorists, thought to be suicide bombers, are still roaming Kabul (Image: CNN)

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ISIS-K, or Islamic State Khorasan Province, said it had carried out an attack outside Kabul airport (Image: GETTY)

He continued: “They left a mosque in central Kabul. They are likely to target installations that have foreigners, which could be hotels, embassies or the airport.

“Western journalists were asked by US intelligence to stay away from the airport based on this threat assessment just hours ago.”

The US threat warning stated: “Because of security threats at the Kabul airport, we continue to advise US citizens to avoid travelling to the airport and to avoid airport gates.”

Earlier today, the US military said it believes it has killed a planner for the Afghanistan branch of the Islamic State group in a drone strike in the east of the country.

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All foreign forces are expected to be out of the country by 31 August under an agreed timetable (Image: GETTY)

The suspected member of ISIS-K was targeted in Nangarhar province.

President Joe Biden had promised just hours before to hunt down the terrorists behind Thursday’s suicide bombing.

ISIS-K, or Islamic State Khorasan Province, said it had carried out an attack outside Kabul airport on Thursday that may have killed up to 170 people, including 13 US troops.

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The US military said it believes it has killed a planner for the Afghan branch of the Islamic State (Image: EXPRESS)

ISIS-K is the most extreme and violent of all the jihadist militant groups in Afghanistan.

The airport strike comes amid a mass airlift in the capital, which has been underway since the Taliban took control this month.

All foreign forces are expected to be out of the country by 31 August under an agreed timetable.

The Ministry of Defence confirmed this afternoon that the final UK flight purely for civilian evacuees has left Kabul airport.

The rest of the 1,000 UK troops involved in processing departures at the airport will depart over the weekend.

William Murphy

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