Terror attack warning issued for Kabul airport

Terror attack warning issued for Kabul airport
About 19,000 people have been evacuated on US-organised flights in the past 24 hours. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: A number of nations, including the US and the UK, say there is a high threat of a terrorist attack at Kabul airport and have warned their nationals not to travel there.

The US, UK and Australia have issued alerts to their citizens. Those already outside the Kabul airport are advised to leave the area immediately.

More than 82,000 have been airlifted from the Afghan capital, which fell to the Taliban 10 days ago.

Countries are rushing to evacuate their citizens and their Afghan allies by a 31 August deadline.

Thousands of people are still waiting outside and inside the airport, hoping to fly out of Afghanistan.

The Taliban have opposed extending the 31 August deadline but according to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the militant group also promised to allow foreigners and Afghans to leave the country beyond 31 August.

Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne said on Thursday: “There is an ongoing and very high threat of a terrorist attack”.

The warning comes hours after the US State Department told those waiting at the East Gate, Abbey Gate or North Gate to “leave immediately”.

The UK issued similar advice asking their citizens there to “move away to a safe location and await further advice”.

The British Foreign Office said that the security situation in Afghanistan “remains volatile”. The ministry added that there was “an ongoing and high threat of a terrorist attack”.

None of the countries provided any further information on the security threat.

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