Afghanistan crisis: Taliban order people to leave Kabul airport after chaos – 12 dead

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Since the Taliban took over the capital of Afghanistan on Sunday, 12 people have died at the airport by gunshots or stampede. Now, the militants have urged those still trying to fly out of the country to leave the airport.

An official has said the hundreds still trying to fly from Hamid Karzai International Airport should return to their homes.

They said: “We don’t want to hurt anyone at the airport.”

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has also said the militant’s new regime would be “positively different”, and would respect freedoms of women “within the limits of Islam”.

Footage from Hamid Karzai International Airport shows hundreds of Afghans attempting to flee the country.

One clip showed a child passed to a foreign soldier in the hope they might be able to escape.

Another clip, thought to have been filmed on Tuesday, captures shots being fired near large crowds and fighters kicking those trying to flee.

On Monday, footage showed fleeing Afghans falling from the outside of planes as they clung on to try to leave the country.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace told Sky News the Taliban are believed to be cooperating with the British by letting people through to be evacuated.

But he said the real challenge for embassy staff at the airport is “crowd issues” as hundreds battle for safety.

He told Kay Burley: “It is very, very difficult for those soldiers dealing with some desperate, desperate people.”


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