British military: 7 Afghans killed in chaos at Kabul airport

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A panicked crush of radical trying to participate Kabul’s planetary airdrome killed 7 Afghan civilians successful the crowds, the British subject said Sunday, showing the information inactive posed to those trying to fly the Taliban’s takeover of the country.

The deaths travel arsenic a radical of fighters opposing the Taliban’s regularisation conflict the insurgents successful the mountains and valleys to the northbound of Kabul, capturing respective agrarian districts. While details of the warring stay unclear, it marks the archetypal organized absorption to emergence up against the Taliban since they blitzed crossed the state successful nether a week to prehend the bulk of the state and its capital. The Taliban deployed fighters Sunday to motorboat a imaginable violative there.

Kabul’s airport, present 1 of the fewer ways retired of the state for the millions successful the city, has seen days of chaos since the Taliban entered the superior connected Aug. 15. Thousands rushed the airdrome past Monday successful chaos that saw the U.S. effort to wide disconnected the runway with low-flying onslaught helicopters. Several Afghans plunged to their deaths portion hanging disconnected the broadside of a U.S. subject cargo plane, immoderate of the 7 killed that time alone.

In chaotic scenes Saturday, British and Western troops successful afloat combat cogwheel tried to power crowds large capable to beryllium seen successful outer photos pressing into the airport. They carried distant immoderate who were sweating and pale. With temperatures reaching 34 grade Celsius (93 degrees Fahrenheit), the soldiers sprayed h2o from a hose connected those gathered oregon gave them bottled h2o to determination implicit their heads.

The British subject connected Sunday acknowledged the 7 deaths of civilians successful the crowds. There person been different stampedes and crushing injuries successful the crowds, particularly arsenic Taliban fighters occurrence into the aerial to thrust distant those hopeless to get connected immoderate formation retired of the country.

“Conditions connected the crushed stay highly challenging but we are doing everything we tin to negociate the concern arsenic safely and securely arsenic possible,” the Defense Ministry said successful a statement.

It wasn’t instantly wide whether those killed had been physically crushed, suffocated oregon suffered a fatal bosom onslaught successful the crowds. Soldiers covered respective corpses successful achromatic apparel to fell them from view. Other troops stood atop factual barriers oregon shipping containers, trying to calm the crowd. Gunshots occasionally rang out.

The chaos astatine Kabul airdrome comes arsenic a new, perceived menace from the Islamic State radical affiliate successful Afghanistan has seen U.S. subject planes bash rapid, diving combat landings astatine the airport. Other craft person changeable disconnected flares connected takeoff, an effort to confuse imaginable heat-seeking missiles targeting the planes.

Amir Khan Motaqi, main of the Taliban’s guidance council, criticized America implicit the concern astatine the airdrome successful an audio clip posted online Sunday. He described the U.S.’s actions arsenic “tyranny” — adjacent arsenic it is Taliban fighters who person beaten and changeable astatine those trying to entree the airdrome implicit the past week.

“All Afghanistan is secure, but the airdrome which is managed by the Americans has anarchy,” helium said. “The U.S. should not defame itself, should not embarrass itself to the satellite and should not springiness this mentality to our radical that (the Taliban) are a benignant of enemy.”

Speaking to an Iranian authorities tv transmission precocious Saturday nighttime successful a video call, Taliban spokesperson Mohammad Naeem besides blamed the deaths astatine the airdrome connected the Americans successful what rapidly became a combative interview.

“The Americans announced that we would instrumentality you to America with america and radical gathered astatine Kabul airport,” Naeem said. “If it was announced close present successful immoderate state successful the world, would radical not go?”

The big connected Iranian authorities TV, which agelong has criticized America since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, rapidly said: “It won’t hap successful Iran.”

Naeem responded: “Be definite this volition hap anywhere.”

Meanwhile, warring has erupted successful Afghanistan’s Baghlan province, immoderate 120 kilometers (75 miles) northbound of Kabul. Forces organizing nether the banner of the “People’s Uprising” person taken 3 districts astir the Andarab Valley, nestled successful the Hindu Kush mountains adjacent Panjshir, the lone state inactive not nether Taliban control.

On Sunday, the Taliban published video online showing fighters, including their elite peculiar forces, preparing to caput there, perchance to combat the “People’s Uprising” forces. Four officials said the Taliban had gone into the Keshnabad country of Andarab Valley to abduct the children of those opposing them.

Khair Mohammad Khairkhwa, the erstwhile caput of quality successful Balkh province, and Abdul Ahmad Dadgar, different person successful the uprising, alleged that Taliban fighters had attacked people’s homes and burned them portion taking children. Two different officials, who spoke connected information of anonymity, besides alleged the Taliban seized fighters’ children. The Taliban did not instantly respond to a petition for remark connected the fighting.

The Biden medication is considering calling connected U.S. commercialized airlines to supply planes and crews to assistance successful transporting Afghan refugees erstwhile they are evacuated from their state by subject aircraft. Under the voluntary Civil Reserve Air Fleet program, civilian airlines adhd to subject craft capableness during a situation related to nationalist defense. That programme was calved successful the aftermath of the Berlin airlift.

The U.S. Transportation Command said Saturday it had issued a informing bid to U.S. carriers Friday nighttime connected the imaginable activation of the program. If called upon, commercialized airlines would transport evacuees from mode stations extracurricular Afghanistan to different state oregon from Virginia’s Dulles International Airport to U.S. subject bases.

Meanwhile, the Taliban’s apical governmental person has arrived successful Kabul for talks connected forming a caller government. The beingness of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who returned to Kandahar earlier this week from Qatar, was confirmed by a Taliban authoritative who spoke connected information of anonymity due to the fact that helium was not authorized to speech to the quality media.

Afghan officials acquainted with talks held successful the superior accidental the Taliban person said they volition not marque announcements connected their authorities until the Aug. 31 deadline for the U.S. unit withdrawal passes.

Akhgar reported from Istanbul and Gambrell from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Associated Press writer Amir Vahdat successful Tehran, Iran, contributed to this report.

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