A massive explosion has been reported at one of the entry gates to Kabul airport.
The besieged airport was rocked by the large explosion hours after western intelligence agencies warned of an ‘imminent, credible and compelling’ terrorist threat.
The blast, which was confirmed by the Pentagon press secretary, John Kirby, on Twitter appears to have occurred at the Abbey gate into the international airport and was followed by gunfire.
It came as several western countries announced the end of their evacuation flights, citing an acute threat of an attack possibly within hours.
Afghans gathering to try to gain access to Kabul’s Hamid Karzai international airport were told to leave immediately and move to a safe place, even as the evacuation appeared to be rapidly coming to an end.
According to initial reports there appeared to be Afghan casualties from the explosion close to where people hoping to flee were queueing for visa processing, but none among western forces.
The impact on civilians is not immediately known.
More to follow…