The first blast is believed to have been set off by a bomber wearing a suicide vest targeting the Abbey Terminal gate where Australian, United States and British troops were stationed.
The second is believed to have been a car bomb which exploded at the Baron Hotel – where some US forces were understood to be located – about one kilometre from Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport.
At least 12 US marines and one American navy medic are included among the dead, as well as foreigners, children and Taliban members.
Islamist terrorist group, ISIS-K, has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Twin explosions have rocked Afghanistan’s capital just hours after US, Australian and British authorities warned of an escalation of violence and likelihood of terrorist strikes against allied forces on the ground in Kabul. Picture: Getty Images
Islamic State group ISIS K has claimed responsibility for twin terror attacks outside Kabul’s airport which has claimed at least 72 lives – with the death toll tipped to rise in coming hours. Picture: Getty Images
The deadly attacks come just a day after Australia joined the US and UK in issuing an urgent warning about potential terror strikes on allied forces in Afghanistan.
The explosions have prompted Australia to suspend its evacuation mission in the war-ravaged country – after airlifting at least 4,000 people out since the operation began on August 15.
Foreign Minister Marise Payne on Thursday warned Afghanistan “remains highly volatile and dangerous”, expressing the potential for an escalation in violence.
“Be aware of the potential for violence and security threats with large crowds. There is an ongoing and very high threat of a terrorist attack,” she said.
Defence Minister Peter Dutton doubled down on the heightened risk of violence on the ground in Kabul, telling the federal parliament later on Thursday the situation was “dire” and “deteriorating”.
He advised that people not swarm the gates of the airport and rather should “move immediately from that area and that they should not be in areas of large gatherings.”
All Australian personnel and military officials in Kabul are safe and have left the capital.
The US and UK, however, remain committed to their rescue efforts as America’s August 31 withdrawal date looms.
US Secretary of Defence Lloyd J Austin III confirmed in a statement this morning the attacks have not “dissuaded” America from “the task at hand”. 
“To do anything less – especially now – would dishonour the purpose and sacrifice these men and women have rendered our country and the people of Afghanistan,” he added.
At least 140 people are understood to have been injured in the attack, with officials warning the death toll is expected to rise in coming hours.
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The Pentagon this morning said further attacks were expected around the airport. 
“The threat from ISIS is extremely real, we’ve been talking about this for several days,” US Central Command Commander General Kenneth McKenzie told the press. 
“We believe it is their desire to continue those attacks and we expect those attacks to continue and we’re doing everything we can to be prepared for those attacks. That includes reaching out to the Taliban who are actually providing the outer security cordon around the airfield to make sure they know what we expect them to do to protect us.” 
US President Joe Biden will front the media in a press conference from 7am. 

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