Central Florida leaders react to Kabul airport attack that killed US service members

11 Marines, 1 Navy medic killed in bombings outside airport

ORLANDO, Fla. – As the deadline President Joe Biden set for removing American citizens and troops from Afghanistan approaches, at least 12 U.S. service members were killed in attacks outside the Kabul airport Thursday.

Two suicide bombers and gunmen attacked crowds of Afghans flocking to the airport, according to the Associated Press, killing 11 Marines and one Navy medic.

American officials have said that information is still coming in and they are trying to determine the exact numbers of casualties.

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A number of U.S. allies said they were ending their evacuation efforts in Kabul, at least in part to give the U.S. the time it needs to wrap up its evacuation operations before getting more than 5,000 U.S. troops out by Tuesday, the self-imposed deadline made by the U.S.

Western officials had also warned of a major attack, urging people to leave the airport, according to the AP.

Central Florida leaders have reacted to the news of the deadly explosions in Afghanistan. Here are their responses:

Rep. Mike Waltz represents Flagler and Volusia Counties and parts of Lake County. A U.S. Army veteran, Waltz served in Afghanistan. Following the attack, he tweeted out a series of steps he believes the Biden administration needs to take.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to those American families who likely lost a loved one, or had a loved one injured in that event,” Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said.

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Brenda Argueta is a digital journalist who joined ClickOrlando.com in March 2021. She graduated from UCF and returned to Central Florida after working in Colorado.