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    Afghan interpreter says he tried to save baby from Kabul blast

    • An Afghan interpreter said he tried to save a baby girl who was injured in the Kabul airport blast.
    • He told CBS News he was by his car when the the explosion went off near the airport on Thursday.
    • He said he picked the baby up and tried to bring her to the hospital, but she died.

    An Afghan interpreter who was at the scene of the first explosion near Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport on Thursday said a baby girl died in his arms as he tried to save her from the blast.

    The interpreter, who only identified himself as Carl for safety reasons, told CBS News he was by his car when the explosion hit near one of the airport’s entrances, Abbey Gate.

    Among the injured, Carl said he saw a baby girl, who he picked up and tried to drive to the hospital.

    “There was a lot of traffic. I had to get out and pick her up again,” he told CBS News. “I took her to the hospital, but she died on my hands. … I tried. I did my best to help her.”

    The baby girl has not been publicly identified, but at least 60 Afghans are believed to be dead following explosions at Abbey Gate and a nearby hotel, The Wall Street Journal reported.

    Among the dead are 12 US service members, the US military said.

    Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, head of US Central Command, has blamed the Islamic State for carrying out the attack, but vowed the US would continue evacuating Americans and allies.

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