Explained: Why Islamic State-Khorasan and Taliban are at loggerheads with each other in Afghanistan? – India Today

The suicide bombing attack at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on Thursday evening was one of the deadliest this year as scores of people lost their lives. According to US officials, 13 US service members were confirmed dead while nearly 170 Afghan civilians have been killed and over 200 wounded.

The attack was claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Khorasan Province (ISKP), which also released the picture of the suicide bomber, identified as Abdul Rehman al-Logari (al-Logari indicates that he was from Logar province of Afghanistan). Thursday’s attack is the deadliest attack against the US forces by any Islamic State franchise anywhere.

A statement issued by one of the terror group’s mouthpieces, Amaq Agency, indicated that the target was US soldiers at the airport. Previously, ISKP propaganda channels on Telegram had been accusing the Taliban of aiding the US to airlift “Afghan spies” from the Kabul airport.

According to Amaq, Thursday’s attack involved at least one suicide bomber but local sources reported two other blasts as well as gunfights. If some of the ISKP militants who carried out the attack, survived and made it back to their safe house, it is possible that ISKP is purposely not yet disclosing details about them.