One member of the Afghan forces was killed and several wounded during an exchange of gunfire outside Kabul airport, but no US personnel were hurt, the US military said in a statement on Monday.
“The incident appeared to begin when an unknown hostile actor fired upon Afghan security forces involved in monitoring access to the gate. The Afghans returned fire, and in keeping with their right of self-defense, so too did US and coalition troops,” the statement said.
“One member of the Afghan forces was killed by the hostile actor; several Afghans were wounded during the exchange. The wounded are being treated at an airfield hospital and are reported to be in stable condition.”
There were reports of a fire breaking out at the airport, but further details have yet to be provided.
With thousands of desperate Afghans and foreigners crowding into Kabul's airport in the hope of fleeing Afghanistan's new Taliban rulers, pressure grew on US President Joe Biden on Monday to extend the deadline for the evacuation operation.
Biden on Sunday warned that the evacuation was going to be "hard and painful" and he said a lot could still go wrong. US troops might stay beyond their Aug. 31 deadline to oversee the evacuation, he said.