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U.S. Media Reports Kabul Airport Bombings Death Toll Rises To At Least 170

Afghans wounded in the deadly attacks outside the Kabul airport on August 27.

U.S. media are reporting that the death toll in the explosions outside the Kabul airport has risen above 170.

CNN and CBS News both quoted an unnamed Afghan health official on August 27 as saying the number had jumped markedly from earlier reports that around 100 people lost their lives in the bombings a day earlier.

A CBS correspondent added that at least another 200 people were wounded in the attack, which occurred in a an area where thousands were waiting to try and get into the airport to fly out of the country after Taliban militants took over the country on August 15.

Islamic State (IS), an enemy of the Taliban as well as the West, claimed responsibility for the attack saying one of its suicide bombers from its affiliate, IS-K, targeted "translators and collaborators with the American army."

U.S. military officials have said 13 American servicemen died in the incident.

Based on reporting by CNN and CBS News