AN EXPLOSION has been reported at Kabul airport hours after embassies began warning of an imminent terrorist attack.
An explosion has been confirmed at the Abbey Gate area of Kabul airport, where British troops are stationed to evacuate British citizens, refugees and eligible Afghan citizens, and one of three gates which were closed for security reasons following the security threat.
US President Biden, who ordered US troops to leave Afghanistan leading to the downfall of the government and takeover by the Taliban, has been briefed on the explosion.
The explosion is understood to have caused multiple casualties, although the number has not yet been confirmed.
A US official has told the Reuters news agency that the explosion was caused by a suicide bomber.
There have so far been no reports of UK or Irish casualties, Sky News reports.
Foreign embassies, including Britain, the US and Australia, earlier today warned their citizens to stay away from the airport following "credible" reports of a planned attack by ISIS-K, the Afghan branch of the Islamic State and a sworn enemy of the Taliban, whom they believe to be too 'soft' in their ideals.
The UK Foreign Office issued an emergency alert to UK nationals in Afghanistan warning of an " ongoing and high threat of terrorist attack. Do not travel to Kabul Hamid Karzai International Airport. If you are in the area of the airport, move away to a safe location and await further advice."
Due to the Taliban takeover of the country, the US, UK and others no longer have their own security in Afghanistan and are relying on the Taliban to assist them in evacuating their citizens and other eligible Afghan nationals.