Flags in the United States will be flown at half-staff in honour of military personnel killed in action, according to the Speaker of the House.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, ordered that the flags in the United States Capitol be flown at half-mast in honor of American service members and others killed in the attack in Afghanistan.

The speaker’s office said he had ordered the flags to be lowered on Thursday after the bombings outside the Kabul airport in Afghanistan.

The number of service members who died rose to 13, according to Captain Bill Urban, a spokesman for Central Command.

The latest number of wounded is now 18, all of whom were in the process of being evacuated from Afghanistan in specially equipped C-17s with surgical units.

At least 60 Afghans also died.

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