Delaware's congressional delegation, Carney condemn suicide bombing

By Rachel Sawicki
Posted 8/26/21

Delaware’s three members of Congress, as well as Gov. John Carney, offered condolences Thursday, after two suicide bombers outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul halted efforts to move U.S. citizens and Afghan allies out of Afghanistan following the Taliban’s takeover.

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Delaware's congressional delegation, Carney condemn suicide bombing

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Delaware’s three members of Congress, as well as Gov. John Carney, offered condolences Thursday, after two suicide bombers outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul halted efforts to move U.S. citizens and Afghan allies out of Afghanistan following the Taliban’s takeover.

The Associated Press reported that at least 60 Afghans and 12 U.S. troops were killed by the bombings.

According to the AP, another 12 service members were wounded and officials warned the toll could grow.

Additionally, more than 140 Afghans were wounded, an Afghan official said.

U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., released a statement Thursday on the bombings, voicing sympathy for the families of the victims.

“Let us all stop for a moment and pray for those who have fallen today serving our nation and trying to help make possible a safe evacuation from Afghanistan,” Sen. Coons said. “Let us also keep in our prayers the many Afghans desperate for a new future whose lives have been cut short. I’m grateful for the bravery of those who continue to work tirelessly to evacuate the remaining Americans and our Afghan partners.”

Sen. Coons’ spokesman Brendan Mackie said he was not available for further comment Thursday evening.

Gov. John Carney gave similar sentiments.

“Our prayers will remain with those U.S. service members, with Afghan civilians killed in today’s bombings, their families, and with all members of the U.S. military who continue to serve our country overseas,” he said in a statement.

U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Del., also released a statement condemning the attacks.
“I stand ready to assist the Administration in bringing the perpetrators to justice,” she said. “We will continue to work to address terrorist threats, protect American interests, and execute our mission. The attack is a stark reminder of the challenges and danger that our service members in Afghanistan continue to face and I remain in awe of their bravery and commitment.”

She said she is also committed to providing “any and every resource necessary” to evacuate all U.S. citizens from Afghanistan and as many Afghan allies as possible.

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., called the attacks “senseless.”

“I know one too many families in Delaware and across our country who have lost a son or daughter in combat,” Sen. Carper said in a statement. “As a father and 23-year Navy veteran, my deepest and most sincere condolences go to these brave service members’ families and loved ones. I’m thankful for the troops and State Department personnel who are still on the ground continuing to work tirelessly to get Americans, diplomats, and our Afghan allies to safety. We owe them and their families a great debt of gratitude.”

The AP also reported that as many as 1,500 Americans may be awaiting evacuation. President Joe Biden said Tuesday that his administration is committed to the Aug. 31 deadline to evacuate all U.S. citizens from Afghanistan.