Afghans crowd at the airport as they wait to leave from Kabul Photograph: AFF
Hundreds of Afghans thronged the airport on Sunday, hoping to flee the nation after Taliban insurgents entered the capital. At least five people were murdered.
A witness informed Reuters that he saw five people's bodies being loaded into a truck. Another witness stated that it was unclear whether the victims died as a result of a shooting or a stampede.
Earlier, there were reports of US troops firing into the air as a large throng gathered on the tarmac of the airport.
After the Western-backed government collapsed and President Ashraf Ghani fled the country, the Taliban swept into the capital on Sunday, bringing a stunning end to a two-decade campaign in which the US and its allies attempted to transform the country. Thousands of Afghans are attempting to flee the country through Hamid Karzai International Airport, fearful of a return to the Taliban's brutal rule. Hundreds of people raced across the tarmac as US Marines fired warning rounds into the air, according to videos circulating on social media.
Long-haul carriers flying between the Far East and the West frequently use Afghanistan's airspace. There were no commercial aircraft over the country as of early Monday morning, according to flight-tracking data. A nervous quiet descended on the capital, with most residents retreating to their homes. Looting and armed individuals knocking on doors and gates were reported in dispersed locations. Thousands of detainees were released by the Taliban as they swept throughout the country, and the police vanished.
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