President Biden is currently in the Situation Room, says a White House official. He was briefed on the situation in Afghanistan.
With him are Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
Biden was in the camp room with his national security team for his daily Afghanistan briefing when information about an explosion was received, according to a senior civil servant. He and his top assistants have stayed there as they continue to receive information from the ground and events continue to develop, the official said.
The president’s meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. ET, has been postponed, a US official said.
Moments ago, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby confirmed that there had been at least one other explosion near the airport or near the Baron Hotel.
He could confirm that the Abbey Gate explosion “was the result of a complex attack that claimed a number of US and civilian casualties”.
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