India evacuates around 80 people from Kabuli

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India has already evacuated 200 people, including the Indian envoy and other staff of its embassy in Kabul, in two C-17 heavy-lift transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force after the Taliban captured Kabul on Sunday.

Around 80 Indian nationals were evacuated from Kabul on Saturday by a transport military aircraft of the Indian Air Force amid the deteriorating security scenario in the Afghan capital, people familiar with the development said.

After evacuating the Indians, the plane landed in Tajikistan’s Dushanbe, he said, adding that the flight is expected to reach Hindon airbase near Delhi in the evening.

India has already evacuated 200 people, including the Indian envoy and other staff of its embassy in Kabul, in two C-17 heavy-lift transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force after the Taliban captured Kabul on Sunday.

The first evacuation flight brought back over 40 Indians on Monday.

The second C-17 aircraft on Tuesday rescued around 150 people, including diplomats, officials, security personnel and some stranded Indians.

The Taliban this month captured almost all major towns and cities across Afghanistan, including Kabul, in the backdrop of the withdrawal of US forces.

With the help of America, the mission to evacuate about 200 Indians was accomplished.

Following the evacuation, the Ministry of External Affairs said the focus would now be to ensure the safe return of all Indian nationals from the Afghan capital.

The MEA said that the immediate priority of the government is to obtain accurate information about all Indian nationals currently residing in Afghanistan.

It also urged Indians as well as their employers to immediately share relevant details with the Special Afghanistan Cell.

According to a rough estimate, the number of Indians stranded in Afghanistan could be around 400 and India is looking at ways to evacuate them, including coordinating with the US and other friendly countries.



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