Taliban urge people to leave airport in Afghan capital after 12 killed since Sunday

19 August 2021 - 09:47 By Reuters
US Embassy personnel from Afghanistan board a Qatar Airways flight to Kuwait at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar August 17, 2021
US Embassy personnel from Afghanistan board a Qatar Airways flight to Kuwait at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar August 17, 2021
Image: US Air Force/Senior Airman Noah Coger/Handout via REUTERS

A total of 12 people have been killed in and around the airport in the Afghan capital, Kabul, Taliban and Nato officials said, since the Taliban seized the city on Sunday, triggering a rush of fearful people trying to leave.

The deaths were caused either by gun shots or in stampedes, the Taliban official said on Thursday, and he urged people still crowded at the gates of the facility to go home if they did not have the legal right to travel.

“We don't want to hurt anyone at the airport,” said the Taliban official, who declined to be identified.  


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