Gunshots fired as locals crowd Kabul airport in Afghanistan


Gunshots were fired at a Kabul airport on August 22 as desperate locals tried to escape from the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.

Footage shows unidentified men shooting their firearms and sending the crowd panicking at Hamid Karzai International Airport (HKIA), one of the only remaining routes out of the country.

The British Ministry of Defence said at least seven were killed in a stampede at the airport on Sunday, including a two-year-old toddler.

Thousands of Afghans have swarmed the airport tarmac since the Taliban takeover on August 15, with some locals reportedly falling to their deaths after clinging onto a U.S. military plane that was taking off.

A senior Taliban official blamed the chaos on American forces.

Amir Khan Motaqi said: ‘All Afghanistan is secure, but the airport, which is managed by the Americans, has anarchy.’

While U.S. forces are in control of the military side of the airport, Taliban fighters have stationed themselves in the surrounding area, allegedly putting up checkpoints and hampering attempts to reach the HKIA.

Meanwhile, U.S. President Joe Biden said at least 11,000 people have been evacuated from Kabul over the weekend.

He said: ‘We’re working hard and as fast as we can to get people out. That’s our mission. That’s our goal.’