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Two blasts have killed a total of 85 people at the international airport and a local hotel in Kabul on the evening of Thursday, August 26, according to Reuters. The attacks occurred by the Abbey Gate of Hamad Karzai International Airport as US airlifts are ongoing, and at the nearby Baron Hotel, which stands a mile from the airport.

As of posting time, 72 Afghans, 28 of whom members of the Taliban, and 13 US soldiers have been reported killed.

The airport attack was allegedly carried out by a suicide bomber, and The Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-K) has claimed responsibility for both blasts.

 “We weep with Afghanistan in this tragedy and condemn this latest act of terror,” says Jan Vermeer, Open Doors Communications Director for Asia. “For decades, Afghan locals have borne the brunt of extremism and war, and this latest display of terror only shows the severity of what they have had to live through on a day to day basis.” 

A local source shares: “Attacks such as these have always been a reality for us. It’s not a matter of if, but when, and when it comes, we are almost never ready to contend with what’s before our eyes. It’s always a terrifying thought – we are afraid – but it is only by the grace and mercy of God that we are able to go on.”

Pray for Afghanistan

Father, we pray for Your embrace to be felt by Your children in Afghanistan. We lift up those who have lost loved ones in the recent bombings – we ask for your Holy Spirit to comfort them in their grief. We pray for those who have been injured in the blast – we ask Lord that you would heal their wounds. We pray for those who want to flee, that You would grant them passage. We pray for secret believers in hiding, that You would protect them and hide them under Your wing. We pray for those who are staying where they are, Lord, grant them courage. We trust in Your grace and in Your sovereign hand. We trust that whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. May Your children in Afghanistan dwell in You, Lord. You are our refuge and our fortress, our God in whom we trust. Amen.

Stand with secret believers in Afghanistan

 Now more than ever, our brothers and sisters need our faithful prayers.

You can organize a prayer time in your own bible study/discipleship groups, churches, and gatherings. We've prepared some materials that may help you.