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At least five dead as chaos spreads at Kabul airport

Hundreds of people tried to forcibly enter planes

SAMAA | and - Posted: Aug 16, 2021 | Last Updated: 3 months ago
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Posted: Aug 16, 2021 | Last Updated: 3 months ago

Afghans crowd at the tarmac of the Kabul airport on August 16, 2021, to flee the country as the Taliban were in control of Afghanistan after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country and conceded the insurgents had won the 20-year war. Photo: AFP

At least five people were killed in Kabul airport as hundreds of people tried to forcibly enter planes leaving the Afghan capital, Reuters quoted witnesses as saying.

According to videos circulating on social media, at least three of these deaths occurred due to people falling off an aircraft while trying to cling on as they took off.

US troops fired shots into the air as people crowded onto the tarmac in the hope of catching a flight after the Taliban takeover of the country.

“I feel very scared here. They are firing lots of shots into the air,” a witness told AFP.

Commercial flights were also cancelled after chaotic scenes at the airport.

“There will be no commercial flights from Hamid Karzai Airport to prevent looting and plundering. Please do not rush to the airport,” the Kabul airport authority said in a message sent to reporters.

The story is being updated

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