US drone strike destroys Islamic State car bomb in Kabul
American forces launched a drone strike in Kabul on Sunday that killed a suicide car bomber suspected of preparing to attack the airport, U.S. officials said.
Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_The strike is the second carried out by U.S. forces in Afghanistan since an Islamic State () suicide the airport on Thursday, killing dozens of Afghan civilians and 13 U.S. troops.
One U.S. official told Reuters that Sunday’s strike was carried out by an unmanned aircraft and that secondary explosions following the strike showed the vehicle had been carrying a “substantial amount of explosive material.”
Witnesses reported a large blast shaking a neighborhood north of Hamid Karzai International Airport, and television footage showed black smoke rising into the sky.
U.S. Central Command confirmed the strike and said in a statement that it had no it caused any civilian casualties, but was investigating.
“We remain vigilant for potential ,” it said.
Initial reports however indicated six people including four children were killed in the explosion.