KABUL, Afghanistan – The British military says seven Afghan civilians were killed in crowds near Kabul International Airport amid the chaos of those fleeing the Taliban takeover.
The Defense Ministry said in a statement on Sunday that “conditions on the ground remain extremely difficult, but we are doing everything possible to handle the situation in the safest and most secure manner possible.”
The airport has been the focal point for thousands of people trying to flee the Taliban, who invaded Kabul a week ago after their lightning strike took hold of the country.
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NEW DELHI – An Indian official said an Air Force transport plane left Kabul for New Delhi with 168 people on board.
Foreign ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said the plane took off from Kabul on Sunday morning and the passengers included 107 Indian nationals. He did not give the nationalities of 61 other evacuees from the Afghan capital.
Meanwhile, another group of 87 Indians who were evacuated from Kabul to Tajikistan on Saturday aboard an Indian Air Force plane is flying to New Delhi on Sunday, Bagchi said in a tweet. Two Nepalese nationals were also evacuated on this flight.
India began evacuating its nationals last Sunday after the Taliban invaded Kabul.
The Press Trust of India news agency said around 400 Indians are believed to be stranded in Afghanistan. No official figure was available.