Area lawmakers react to U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan bombing
(ABC 6 News) – Two suicide bombers and gunmen have targeted crowds of Afghans flocking to Kabul’s airport, in the waning days of a massive airlift that has drawn thousands of people seeking to flee the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.
An Afghan official says at least 60 Afghans were killed and 143 wounded. U.S. officials said 12 U.S. service members were killed, including 11 Marines and a Navy medic. A U.S. official said the complex attack was believed to have been carried out by the Islamic State group. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the two blasts were near an airport entrance and a short distance away by a hotel.
Area lawmakers are reacting to the news on social media:
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz
"Horrific news out of Afghanistan. My prayers are with the families of those who were killed in the terrorist attack in Kabul."
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds
"Praying for the Americans and our Afghan allies at the airport in Kabul. This is a sad day for our country and the future of Afghanistan."
Senator Chuck Grassley
"Im monitoring situation at Kabul airport My prayers are w our servicemembers +American citizens + allies on the ground in Afghanistan"
Senator Amy Klobuchar
"My prayers are with the families and loved ones of our military and others who lost their lives or were wounded during the terror attack in Kabul. Our service members are the best of us, our country’s bravest. My office continues to be in touch with State and Defense Depts."
Senator Joni Ernst
"Praying for our troops, American citizens, and allies in Afghanistan right now."
Representative Ashley Hinson
"Absolutely heartbreaking. I am praying for their loved ones and fellow troops."
Representative Jim Hagedorn
"I am devastated to hear about the U.S. service members that were killed from the horrific attack in Kabul. My prayers go out to their families and loved ones."
Representative Randy Feenstra
"Please continue praying for our allies and all Americans who are still in Afghanistan. May God bless and protect our troops and allies."