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Afghan Locals Cling To Plane As It Takes Off In Kabul

Anish Vij

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Afghan Locals Cling To Plane As It Takes Off In Kabul

In hopes of escaping the Taliban, Afghan locals were seen to be clinging themselves to a plane as it prepared to take off at Kabul Airport. Watch video below:


The footage highlights the state of affairs in Afghanistan with news that Taliban rule is reintroduced to the country.

Thousands have already fled and others are going to extreme lengths in a bid to run free.

Several were hanging on to the wheels of a US Air Force cargo plane and two people were believed to have fallen from the plane soon after take-off.

Credit: East2West
Credit: East2West

A Kabul news agency reported: "Locals near Kabul airport claim that three young men who were holding themselves tightly in the wheels of an aeroplane fell on top of people's houses.

"One of the locals confirmed this and said that the fall of these people made a loud and terrifying noise."

Credit: East2West
Credit: East2West

Witnesses said five people had been killed, with one saying he had seen five bodies taken outside to a vehicle, Reuters reports.

Another witness said it was unclear if the people had been killed by the gunshots or in a stampede.

An official at the airport said: "The airport is out of control... the (Afghan) government just sold us out."

US President Joe Biden had committed 1,000 more troops to the region to help airlift embassy personnel and Afghan allies.

Images shared online of helicopters landing near the US embassy in Kabul have been compared to those of the US evacuation of Saigon in 1975 - something Mr Biden had promised would not be the case.

Republican Congressman and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise said: "It's a very dire situation when you see the United States Embassy being evacuated."

Featured Image Credit: East2West

Topics: World News

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