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40 dead in Kabul airport shooting, stampede; Afghans shouldn’t hang onto foreign airplanes: Taliban

 In a statement quoted by the Afghan media, he said people should not pay attention to fake rumours about travelling abroad and avoid going to the airport.
 

40 dead in Kabul airport shooting stampede Afghans shouldnt hang onto foreign airplanes Taliban-dnm
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Bengaluru, First Published Aug 18, 2021, 2:53 PM IST
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Even as evacuations from Afghanistan gathered momentum as Taliban promised peace, a Taliban commander at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Afghanistan’s capital said that at least 40 people have been killed in shooting by the foreign forces and due to a stampede at the Kabul airport since Monday.

In a statement quoted by the Afghan media, he said people should not pay attention to fake rumours about travelling abroad and avoid going to the airport.

"They shouldn't be (hanging onto) airplanes of the foreigners. Thirty-forty people were killed and wounded in the airport yesterday (Monday). They should remain in their homes, there will be no problem for them," said Taliban commander at the airport, Mohibullah Hekmat.

According to the statement, he also claimed that Taliban are making every effort to bring lasting peace and progress in Afghanistan.

As chaos erupted on Monday amid the Taliban takeover of Kabul, western countries sent out their flights to evacuate their citizens and Afghan allies from the country.

Afghans crowded around Kabul's international airport even on Tuesday, the second day of Taliban rule in the city.

A heart wrenching video of the sorry state of affairs and the chaos among the Afghans went viral. The viral videos showed hundreds of people mounting onto the massive US aircraft and two falling to their death while hanging to the wheels of the aircraft after take off.

Large numbers of Afghans are trying to flee from the clutches of Taliban, saying the desperate situation in the country has compelled them to leave.

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