The British army says seven were killed near the airport, where thousands of Afghans trying to flee the Taliban takeover are gathered.
At least seven Afghans have been killed near Kabul’s international airport amid the chaos of those attempting to flee the Taliban takeover of the country, the British military has said.
But the UK defence ministry did not elaborate when they were killed and if the latest death toll is on top of the four people reportedly crushed to death on Saturday.
The airport is filled with thousands trying to flee the Taliban, who swept into Kabul a week ago. Shocking images of people clinging onto jets raised alarm over the slow evacuation process led by counties including the US and Britain.
There have been stampedes and crushing injuries in the crowds over the past few days.
The US embassy issued a new security warning, telling citizens not to travel to Kabul airport unless instructed by a US government representative. Meanwhile, President Joe Biden warned he could not predict the outcome of one of the “most difficult airlifts in history”.
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British military: 7 Afghans killed in chaos around Kabul airport
Seven Afghan civilians have been killed in the chaos around Kabul’s international airport, the British military said.
“Conditions on the ground remain extremely challenging but we are doing everything we can to manage the situation as safely and securely as possible,” the defence ministry said in a statement.
Afghans face ‘impossible’ race against time to flee Kabul
Tens of thousands of Afghans are racing to flee their country as the US warns of security threats at Kabul airport and the EU says it is “impossible” to evacuate everyone at risk from the Taliban.
Terrified Afghans are still trying to flee, deepening a tragedy at Kabul airport where the US and its allies have been unable to cope with the huge numbers of people trying to get on evacuation flights.
“They were showing us their passports and shouting: ‘Take us with you… please take us with you’,” an AFP journalist said.