‘Hell on earth’: what the papers say about the Kabul bomb blasts

The atrocity in Afghanistan dominates the front pages of newspapers in the UK and all over the world, with an image of two women left bloodied and bewildered by the attack chosen by many editors to illustrate the story.

The photograph taken by Wakil Khosar for Agence France-Presse is the main picture on the front of half a dozen UK papers, including the Guardian, which carries the headline “Carnage in Kabul: dozens killed in airport bombing”.

The Telegraph has the same picture and the headline “Twelve US troops die in Kabul blasts”.

📰The front page of tomorrow’s Daily Telegraph:

‘Twelve US troops die in Kabul blast’#TomorrowsPapersToday

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The Mirror has the headline “Barbaric” laid across the same picture as it reports on the “race against time” to evacuate people still stuck in Kabul and says that British troops are braced for more Isis attacks.

The Mail also uses the picture but editorialises in its splash headline about “The tragic price of surrender”. Its subhead says that US president Joe Biden “justified retreat to spare American soldiers’ lives – though not one had been lost in 18 months”.

The Sun’s front page headline is “Hell on Earth” along with what it says is a picture of children showing British passports at the site of the bombing hours before it took place.

The Times front page has “Scores killed in Kabul attack”. It also reports that staff evacuating the British embassy in Kabul left papers scattered across its compound giving details of Afghans who had worked for the coalition, posing a potential risk to their safety if the Taliban found the details.

The FT headline reads “Dozens feared killed in wave of explosions at Kabul airport”, while the i says “Refugees and US marines murdered side by side”.

Tomorrow’s FT front page pic.twitter.com/Y9qXVGLmYC — Matthew Garrahan (@MattGarrahan) August 26, 2021

The Express has “12 US troops killed in Kabul carnage”.

Tomorrow’s front page: 12 US troops killed in Kabul carnage#TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/7C56jNIRO7 — Daily Express (@Daily_Express) August 26, 2021

In Spain, El Mundo’s headline says “Jihadism imposes its victory with a bloodbath on the US”, while El País says “Massacre in the evacuastion of Kabul”.

Portada de EL MUNDO del viernes 27 de agosto.

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In Scotland, the National headline is “At least 70 dead as Kabul airport hit by two blasts”, alongside a lead on a possible second Scottish independence referendum.

Tomorrow’s front page 🗞

Ian Blackford says Westminster must listen to Scotland over putting indyref2 before the Scottish people pic.twitter.com/1IfmBMo2vT — The National (@ScotNational) August 26, 2021

The Indian Express says “12 US troops among those killed in blast at Kabul airport; Taliban witness, Isis-K suspect”, while the Hindustan Times has “Terror in heart of Kabul, explosions rock airport”.

Good morning. This is the #ExpressFrontPage for today. Read more news at https://t.co/WndvORZnB0 pic.twitter.com/5b0zHxyqko — The Indian Express (@IndianExpress) August 27, 2021

Twin explosions leave #Kabul shaken, and Zydus Cadila’s #Covid19 vaccine likely to be available by October first week

Read all this and more in today’s edition of Hindustan Times: https://t.co/rk1293ZzjS

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