Seven people were reported killed in a shooting Monday morning in the passenger terminal of Kabul International Airport, as thousands of Afghans flocked, fearing for their lives, after the Taliban took control of the country, according to Agence France-Presse.
Eyewitnesses reported seeing bloodied bodies lying on the ground outside the terminal building, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Earlier, three witnesses told “Reuters” that at least 5 people were killed during the chaos at the airport.
The US military took charge of security at Kabul airport to implement the huge airlift for foreign diplomats and citizens after the collapse of the Afghan government on Sunday.
For his part, a Western military official said that the US Marines fired warning shots late on Sunday evening when hundreds of Afghans who had breached the perimeter of the airport rushed to board a decommissioned C-17 transport plane.
Cancellation of commercial flights
Commercial flights were canceled at Kabul Airport after a state of fear and panic hit the population, as thousands of Afghans gathered in an effort to flee their country, airport authorities announced Monday.
“There will be no commercial flights from Hamid Karzai Airport, to prevent looting. Please do not rush to the airport,” the authorities said in a letter.
Also, video clips showed Afghan citizens climbing the ladder of a plane stationed at Kabul Airport today, amidst a state of panic and chaos.
It is noteworthy that the Taliban had entered Kabul and officially took over the administration of the Afghan capital within hours, after the security forces fled from it.
The movement ordered its fighters to enter Kabul under the pretext of “preventing looting,” confirming the security of police stations, Kabul University and the Ministry of Education, after the security centers were empty of their members.
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