Seven killed in Kabul airport chaos as all industrial flights cancelled
- Desperate Afghan civilians interrupt the military evacuation.
- Some of those killed had clung to a US military transport plane as it took off.
- US forces fought overnight to hold back the crowds and reports of gunfire and stomping have surfaced.
Seven Afghan civilians were killed in the chaos at the Kabul airport, including some people falling from a departing American transport plane, and all flights from the Afghan capital were interrupted by crowds on the runway, US officials in Kabul report.
Throughout Sunday night, US troops deployed to protect the evacuation of American diplomats and workers fought to pull hordes of desperate Afghans off the runway at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai airport, which is now the only lifeline between Taliban-controlled Afghanistan and the outside world to keep away.
Seven dead in chaos at Kabul airport when all commercial flights were canceled
Some of those killed had clung to a U.S. military transport plane as it took off, but fell to their deaths shortly after takeoff.
Commercial flights from Kabul were suspended on Sunday, but still, droves of desperate Afghans crowded the airport’s only runway to catch a flight out of the Afghan capital.
American forces fought overnight to hold back the crowds and reports of gunfire and stomping surfaced.