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We’re pausing our live coverage for now – thanks for staying with us. Here are the main developments of the day so far:

  • A loud blast near to Kabul airport was later confirmed to have been caused by a US missile. American officials said they targeted a suicide bomber who was planning to carry out an attack
  • Capt Bill Urban, from US Central Command, said he was “confident” they had hit the target – a vehicle carrying at least one person associated with the Islamic State group and a “substantial amount of explosive material”
  • A rocket is also reported to have hit a house near the airport, but it is still unclear whether or not this is connected to the American strike
  • US President Joe Biden had warned that another attack on Kabul airport was highly likely, with White House officials saying it could happen as early as today
  • The US is carrying out its final flights out of Afghanistan, ahead of a 31 August deadline. The last UK troops, along with diplomats and officials, have already left Kabul
  • More than 110,000 people have now been evacuated
  • Meanwhile, journalists in Afghanistan are reporting that the Taliban have announced a ban on co-education – with boys and girls to “study in separate classes in accordance with Islamic law”

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