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Chaotic Scenes Grip Afghan Airport, With Reports of Deaths

  • Panicked citizens crowd the airport in desperate bid to exit
  • Taliban declare victory, prepare to announce new government
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Chaos at Kabul Airport as Taliban Advance
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Desperate scenes played out at Kabul’s international airport on Monday as thousands rushed to exit Afghanistan after Taliban fighters took control of the capital, with Reuters reporting at least five people were killed as people tried to forcibly enter planes leaving the country.

Citing witnesses, Reuters said it wasn’t clear whether the victims died of gunshots or in a stampede at Hamid Karzai International Airport. Earlier it reported that U.S. forces fired in the air to prevent thousands of citizens from running onto the tarmac, the last remaining area under American control. Afghanistan’s aviation authority suspended flights out of the country and asked people not to rush to the airport.