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Teenager who fell off an Afghan evacuation plane was national footballer

Kabul, Aug 20 (EFE).- A teenager who fell to his death after he clung to an Afghan evacuation plane was a national footballer, says the sports body.

The physical education and sports department reported the death of Zaki Anwari in a tragic accident “with great sadness.”

Anwari fell to his death from a United States Air Force Boeing C-17 plane on Monday.

The statement said the late Anwari wanted to escape the war-ravaged country like hundreds of young people.

Dramatic scenes of people trying to flee the country appeared on the streets near the Kabul airport hours after the Taliban marched into the city on Sunday.

A sea of people arrived at the airport a day after the Taliban takeover, with many of them without even travel documents and visas, unleashing chaos.

Videos on social networks showed some people clinging to a US military aircraft taking off from the airport.

The US Air Force Tuesday confirmed the discovery of human remains on the wheel of one of its aircraft.

The air force indicated that a probe was underway to determine what happened at the airport and how people tried to stow themselves away in the plane.

According to the US forces, the plane arrived in Kabul to deliver equipment and assistance for evacuations.

But due to the rapidly deteriorating situation in Kabul and at the airport, the plane decided to take off quickly to leave.

On that day, at least six people died in incidents inside the airport.

Another deceased was Fida Muhammad, a 22-year-old dentist of Kabul, Ahmad, a close relative, told EFE.

Muhammad had married a few months ago.

“He left home today for his work. We learned about his death hours after he fell off the plane,” Ahmad said.

Those who swarmed the airport included Afghans who worked for the US and NATO forces in the past 20 years.

The scene at the airport was that of distress and desperation as dozens of people, including children, were injured with desperate Afghans jostling to reach the tarmac, where some planes were readying for a limited evacuation of foreigners.

Most of them were the commoners.


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