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Three people fall to their deaths after plane takes off from Kabul

Three people have died after falling from an airborne military aircraft that took off from Kabul Airport.

Local media had posted video footage of what they reported as people falling from the sky following the aircraft’s departure.

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News organisation Asvaka also reported that the victim’s bodies were being collected, however, the report was not immediately verified by Western news agencies.

Video footage also shows people clinging to the US military plane while it’s taking off, with some people falling off as it gains altitude.

Thousands of people flocked to Kabul Airport in a desperate attempt to flee Afghanistan as the Taliban seizes the country.

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An additional five people were killed at the airport after US troops opened fire to prevent large crowds of people from trying to get on board a departing military aircraft.

It is not clear whether these five people died by gunfire or in the stampede.

Kabul Airport will continue to be secured by US forces, according to US Deputy National Security Adviser Jon Finer.

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan blamed the recent takeover by the Taliban on the failure of the Afghan army.

Defending US President Joe Biden, Sullivan stated that a firm date for troop withdrawal was not made with the intentions of abandoning the Afghan people, but was instead made to prevent another decade of conflict.

He added that it was time for the Afghan army to defend its country after receiving two decades of training by the US along with billions of dollars being invested.

Describing the current situation in Afghanistan as “heartbreaking”, Sullivan stated that Biden stands by his decision to bring US troops home and leave the Afghans to fight for themselves or face a worst-case scenario where thousands of US troops are sent to Afghanistan to fight in a civil war when the Afghan army isn’t prepared to fight.

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