The British foreign secretary has dismissed a report that claimed a gate at Kabul airport was kept open to allow British forces to continue evacuating personnel despite intelligence warning of an imminent terrorist attack.
Speaking to British broadcasters, the BBC and Sky News, on Tuesday, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said that the UK evacuation effort had taken mitigating action prior to the bomb attack on Thursday.
He stated that the UK had warned people to stay away from Kabul airport amid credible intelligence of an impending terrorist attack, and refuted claims that the British evacuation effort was the reason the Abbey Gate remained open.
The foreign secretary’s comments come after Politico reported that US commanders had detailed plans to close the Abbey Gate amid intelligence that the location, which was heavily guarded and surrounded by people desperate to flee, would be attacked.
Reports suggest that nearly 200 people died in the blast, including 13 US soldiers and two British military assassins.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2021.