Conflicts & War

Afghan cop killed in shooting with unknown attackers at Kabul airport

Berlin, Aug 23 (EFE).- An Afghan policeman was killed Monday in a gun battle between security forces and unknown attackers at the North Gate of the Kabul airport, the German military said, amid ongoing chaos at the airport as thousands try to flee Taliban rule.

Three more people suffered wounds in the exchange of fire, in which American and German forces were also involved, which took place in the morning,

“(The) gun battle broke out between Afghan security forces and unknown attackers at the North gate of Kabul airport. An Afghan security man was killed, and three others were wounded,” said the German Bundeswehr in a tweet.

The military said all German soldiers were safe.

The shootout happened as thousands of Afghans and foreigners throng at the airport for evacuation flights since last Sunday when the Taliban marched into capital Kabul.

The rush has thrown the Hamid Karzai International Airport into chaos as desperate people hope to get onto one of the outbound flights so that they could leave the war-torn country.

Seven Afghan civilians died amid the chaotic situation at Kabul airport on Sunday, the British Defense Ministry reported.

“Conditions on the ground remain extremely challenging but we are doing everything we can to manage the situation as safely and securely as possible,” a British defense ministry spokesperson said in a statement.

The White House estimated there were still 10,000-15,000 Americans in Afghanistan and 50,000 to 65,000 Afghans and their families who the US wants to evacuate.

On Sunday, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin asked for US commercial airlines to assist in the evacuation effort. EFE


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