Michigan governor gives statement on Afghanistan bombing

Mandi Angelique

Dozens killed in Kabul bomb attack, including US Marines and Navy

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MICHIGAN - Following the death of American servicemen in a devastating bomber assault in Kabul, Afghanistan, Governor Gretchen Whitmer made the following statement.

“Our men and women in uniform represent the best of us. They put their lives on the line to keep us safe and help those in danger,” she said.

“This devastating loss leaves a hole in all of our hearts. Every Michigander is thinking of our fallen and wounded service members and their families. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and honor the memory of the extraordinary Americans we lost today,” the Michigan governor continued.

“We are praying for the safety of those still on the ground in Afghanistan continuing the mission.”

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Dozens of citizens were killed during two bomb explosions in Kabul on Thursday, Aug. 26, including 11 US Marines and one Navy corpsman.

One bombing took place outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport and the other at the adjacent Baron Hotel. An Islamic State affiliate claims responsibility for the attacks, which occurred less than a day after the US Embassy issued a warning to US people to leave the region.

Officials have dubbed the strikes suicide bombings, and Kabul health officials have confirmed that 60 people were murdered as a result of the attacks.

Hundreds of dead were scattered along a canal on the outskirts of the airport, according to video recorded by Afghan journalists. Witnesses reported hearing at least two explosions in the vicinity.

One of Islamic State's suicide bombers was reported to have targeted "translators and collaborators with the American army," according to the group. The organization was also accused by US officials.

The number of American servicemen killed in a single incident in Afghanistan is thought to be the most since 30 people died, when a chopper was shot down in August 2011.

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