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Afghan military jet shot down by Uzbek air defences, says RIA; Taliban urges govt staff to return to work

Meanwhile, even as chaos and confusion looms large among the people of Afghanistan after Taliban’s military coup brought down the government, the Islamic militant group has urged government staff to return to work.
 

Afghan military jet shot down by Uzbek air defences, says RIA; Taliban urges govt staff to return to work-dnm
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Kabul, First Published Aug 16, 2021, 6:54 PM IST
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Moscow/Kabul: While reports of Afghan military jet crashing in Uzbekistan came in, Uzbekistan's defence ministry was quoted as saying by the RIA news agency on Monday that an Afghan military jet was shot down by Uzbek air defences as it tried to violate the border.

The aircraft came down on Sunday after crossing the border into Uzbekistan, and its pilot ejected and survived, the Uzbek defence ministry was quoted as saying earlier.

Meanwhile, even as chaos and confusion looms large among the people of Afghanistan after Taliban’s military coup brought down the government, the Islamic militant group has urged government staff to return to work.

According to Afghan news portal Ariana, “No Afghan citizen should worry about anyone who served in the previous government, and we will serve in our homeland,” said Hanafi, Ariana reported.

Meanwhile, the UN body has said that humanitarian agencies staying in Afghanistan and delivering to people in need.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Aid (OCHA) says in a note: “The humanitarian community - both the UN and nongovernmental organisations - remains committed to helping people in the country.” OCHA said thousands of internally displaced people who have been identified in recent weeks have received assistance including food, cash, health care, water, and sanitation support.

In the meantime, the US has temporarily halted all Kabul evacuation flights to clear airfield.

The United States has temporarily halted all evacuation flights from Kabul to clear people who had converged on the airfield, a US defense official told Reuters on Monday.

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