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Seven killed following chaos at Kabul airport

Seven Afghan civilians have lost their lives during the chaos that has erupted at Kabul airport as thousands of people try to flee the country amid the Taliban’s takeover.

The seven deaths, which were confirmed by the British military, come as a new threat from Islamic State is issued along with a new security warning from the US Embassy.

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The embassy told citizens to avoid travelling to the airport without individual instruction from a US government representative. Although described as significant, officials have not provided more specific details on the threat.

Large crowds which have gathered at the airport have resulted in stampedes and crushing injuries, which were fuelled by Taliban fighters firing into the air to deter people from fleeing the country.

In relation to the situation in Kabul, the UK’s Ministry of Defence stated, “Conditions on the ground remain extremely challenging but we are doing everything we can to manage the situation as safely and securely as possible.”

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It is not clear how many people have been killed or injured from the chaos.

The US Transportation Command stated that a warning has been issued to US carriers about the possibility of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet programme being launched. The programme would add commercial airlines to military aircraft capability.

As a result, commercial airlines would be used for the transportation of Afghan refugees from way stations outside Afghanistan to other countries.

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