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At the Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, August 24, 2021 (U.S. Marine Corps/Staff Sgt. Victor Mancilla/Reuters)

The U.S. carried out a drone strike against a potential ISIS-K car bomb in Kabul that posed a threat to Hamid Karzai International Airport, U.S. Central Command spokesperson Capt. Bill Urban said on Sunday.

The strike killed “multiple suicide bombers” belonging to ISIS-K, U.S. officials told the Associated Press. ISIS-K is the same group that attacked the airport in a pair of suicide bombings on Friday, killing 13 U.S. service members and close to 200 Afghans.

“U.S. military forces conducted a self-defense unmanned over-the-horizon airstrike today on a vehicle in Kabul, eliminating an imminent ISIS-K threat to Hamid Karzai International airport,” Urban said in a statement to reporters.

“Significant secondary explosions from the vehicle indicated the presence of a substantial amount of explosive material,” Urban added. “We are assessing the possibilities of civilian casualties, although we have no indications at this time.”

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