U.S warns citizens against Kabul airport following chaos outside terminal
The US has warned its citizens to avoid Kabul airport amid continued chaos outside the terminal.
a security alert issued told US citizens to stay away due to “potential security threats outside the gates”.
Only those individually told to make the journey by a US government representative should do so, it said.
The advice comes as thousands try to escape from Afghanistan via the airport following the Taliban takeover.
The militant group swept across the country and captured the capital, Kabul, on 15 August. Since then, tens of thousands of Afghans – as well as foreign nationals – have headed to the airport in a bid to flee the country.
Crowds have been gathering daily, hoping to be allowed on to a flight. Those who work with the US and its allies, as well as people who have campaigned on issues like human rights, fear they may face reprisals at the hands of the Taliban if they are unable to leave.
In a briefing on Saturday, the US Department of Defense said 17,000 people have been flown out of the airport, including some 2,500 US citizens.