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UPDATED: Everything You Need To Know About Bombing In Afghanistan

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Dylan Housman Healthcare Reporter
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Pentagon officials confirmed Thursday morning there was an explosion outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Nearly 200 people were killed in the attack, according to The Wall Street Journal, with nearly 200 more injured, Afghan officials tell CBS News and others. Thirteen U.S. servicemembers are confirmed dead, with at least 18 more injured. The explosion occurred outside the Abbey gate at the airport.

Witnesses said the explosion was triggered by a suicide bomber. The Pentagon announced Friday the attack was believed to have been carried out by a single bomber after reporting Thursday there were two suicide bombers. In addition to the explosion, there were reports of gunfire in the area surrounding the airport. The Pentagon confirmed Thursday ISIS-K fighters opened fire after the explosions.

Children and Taliban guards were also injured in the explosion, a Taliban official said, according to Reuters reporter Steve Holland.

Fox News’ Jacqui Heinrich reported that there are “hundreds of ISIS-K” fighters believed to be in the vicinity of the airport and there’s a chance the attacks will continue.

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul sent a security alert Thursday morning warning Americans to evacuate the Kabul airport due to an ongoing security threat, specifically naming the Abbey gate as a point of concern. Reports later emerged that officials were concerned about a possible threat from an ISIS affiliate. (RELATED: Poll: Majority Of Voters Blame Biden For ‘Mismanaging’ US Exit From Afghanistan)

Several reports described the attack as a “large” explosion. The U.S. has five days remaining to evacuate American citizens from Afghanistan before the end of its Aug. 31 deadline. It is unclear how the airport attack will affect evacuation efforts or if major damage has been done to the airport.