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Flags to be Flown at Half Staff Today

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Flags to be flown at half staff today following the deadly suicide bombings at the Kabul airport yesterday in Afghanistan, killing 13 Marines and Navy Corpsmen of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and over 100 civilians. Governor Walz issued the proclamation stating, “Horrific news out of Afghanistan. My prayers are with the families of those who were killed in the terrorist attack in Kabul.

I know our Minnesota National Guard members overseas will continue to demonstrate strength and courage as they execute their mission and make our state and nation proud. I ask all Minnesotans to keep our soldiers and airmen in their thoughts.”

This was the highest single-day American death toll during its 20-year Afghanistan campaign.

President Biden issued this statement, “To those who carried out this attack, as well as anyone who wishes America harm, know this: We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay.”

The bombs were set off near a crowd of families at the airport gates who were desperately hoping to make one of the last evacuation flights out. Gunfire was reported in the aftermath of the explosions.