- Title: People crowd around Kabul's airport before twin blasts
- Date: 27th August 2021
- Summary: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (AUGUST 26, 2021) (REUTERS) PEOPLE WAVING DOCUMENTS IN AIR CROWD GATHERING SECURITY PERSONNEL LOOKING ON OVER BARRIER TRAFFIC MOVING, CROWD GATHERING MAN SPEAKING ON MOBILE PHONE VARIOUS OF PEOPLE GATHERING (SOUNDBITE) (Pashto) MAN TRYING TO EVACUATE, ABDUL QAYYUM, SAYING: "As everyone knows, the security situation is complicated, so we would like to flee the country, given the fact that there is a lot of unemployment, there are economic problems also, so that's why we would like to go to a foreign country, due to security and economic issues we cannot stay here." PEOPLE SITTING AND STANDING (AUDIO OF FIRING) CROWD GATHERING MAN LOOKING ON VARIOUS OF CROWD GATHERING PEOPLE STANDING BY TRASH VARIOUS OF CROWD GATHERING PEOPLE WALKING, TRAFFIC MOVING
- Embargoed: 10th September 2021 09:14
- Keywords: Afghanistan Kabul airport crowds evacuation residents
- Location: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
- City: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
- Country: Afghanistan
- Topics: Asia / Pacific,Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA001ES20213
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Crowds of people Afghans desperate to leave the country were seen around Kabul's airport on Thursday (August 26), hours before at least one Islamic State suicide bomber killed 85 people, including 13 U.S. soldiers.
"As everyone knows, the security situation is complicated, so we would like to flee the country," said Abdul Qayyum.
Two blasts and gunfire rocked the area outside the airport on Thursday evening, witnesses said. U.S. forces helping to evacuate Afghans desperate to flee Taliban rule braced for more attacks on Friday (August 27).
A health official and a Taliban official said the toll of Afghans killed had risen to 72, including 28 Taliban members, although a Taliban spokesman later denied that any of their fighters guarding the airport perimeter had been killed. The U.S. military said 13 of its service members were killed.
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