Afghanistan situation worst: At least five people were killed in Kabul airport as hundreds of people tried to forcibly enter planes leaving the Afghan capital, witnesses told media. One witness said he had seen the bodies of five people being taken to a vehicle.
Another witness said it was not clear whether the victims were killed by gunshots or in a stampede. US troops, who are in charge of the airport, earlier fired in the air to scatter the crowd, an US official said.
The airspace of war-torn Afghanistan has reportedly been closed for all flights, including overflying and all commercial flights have been suspended at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Afghanistan’s Kabul, local media citing a statement reported on Monday.
According to TOLO News, the statement called on the people to avoid crowds at the airport. “All commercial flights are suspended at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, a statement reads. The statement calls on the people to avoid crowds at the airport,” TOLO News said in a Tweet.
Meanwhile, due to airspace closure, Air India also had to cancel its Delhi-Kabul-Delhi flight that was supposed to operate on Monday. Earlier in the day, Air India rescheduled its flight Delhi-Kabul-Delhi flight, however, it later confirmed saying, “Due to the closure of Afghan airspace flights can’t operate”.
Senior Air India officials said the Afghanistan airspace has been declared “uncontrolled” by the Kabul airport on Monday and transit flights have been asked to avoid the airspace.