There is “very, very credible” intelligence that Islamic State militants are planning an imminent attack on those gathering at Kabul airport British armed forces minister James Heappey has said today (Thursday).
On Wednesday evening Britain’s foreign ministry advised people not to travel to the Kabul Hamid Karzai International Airport where thousands are waiting for flights out of the country ahead of an Aug. 31 deadline when the United States and its allies will pull out their remaining troops.
Heappey confirmed that intelligence of a possible suicide bomb attack by IS militants had become “much firmer.”
Heappey told BBC radio:
Heappey said there were still very large crowds of desperate people outside the airport which was “a real concern for everybody”.
He said that Western nations were relying on the Taliban for security outside the airport, and that despite the warnings there were a large number of people still waiting there.
Britain has already evacuated more than 12,000 people from Afghanistan since its fall to the Taliban and is planning 11 more flights today (Thursday).