US officials confirm drone strike on vehicle carrying suicide bombers in Kabul

WASHINGTON — US officials say an American drone strike has hit a vehicle carrying multiple Islamic State suicide bombers heading for the Kabul airport. A military official says the strike today caused “significant secondary explosions” indicating the presence of a substantial amount of explosive material in the vehicle.

Two senior US officials say the US believes it was a successful strike and that the intended target was hit. This is the second airstrike the US has conducted against the jihadist group, which claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing Thursday at the Kabul airport gate that killed 13 US service members and scores of Afghans struggling to get out of the country and escape the new Taliban rule.

The officials say that initial reports indicate there are no civilian casualties caused by the airstrike, but one official says they are assessing reports of any other collateral damage.

There have been reports of an explosion at a house near the airport, but it isn’t clear the two explosions are connected. The officials speak on condition of anonymity to discuss military operations.

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