The Taliban fired into the air and used batons to force people desperate to flee Afghanistan to form orderly queues on Sunday, a day after seven people were killed in a crush at the gates of Kabul airport. The militant group said its fighters were heading to the northern Panjshir valley to take on thousands of forces opposed to them.
According to witnesses, no major casualties were sustained as armed men fought back the throng, and Washington claimed it was now able to get huge numbers of Americans into the airport.
Seven Afghans were killed in the throng at the airport on Saturday, according to the British military ministry, as thousands tried to get a flight out a week after Islamist extremists took control of the country.
The incident occurred amid turmoil at the airport, where multitudes had congregated in the hopes of fleeing a country that had been taken over by the Taliban on August 15.
An airport gate was the scene of a gunfight early Monday. Who fired the opening shots is unclear. Military forces from Germany and the United States exchanged fire.
The Afghan guard’s killing was revealed by German armed forces in charge of airport security.
Due to potential security issues, the US Embassy in Kabul has issued a notice recommending Americans to avoid the airport.
Security at the airport
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