Kabul airport gunfight leaves Afghan guard dead: Germany

By: AFP      Published: 11:37 AM, 23 Aug, 2021
Kabul airport gunfight leaves Afghan guard dead: Germany
In this picture taken in the late hours on August 22, 2021, British and Canadian soldiers stand guard near a canal as Afghans wait outside the foreign military-controlled part of the airport in Kabul on August 23, 2021, hoping to flee the country following the Taliban's military takeover of Afghanistan. AFP

German and US forces joined in a gun battle Monday at Kabul airport after Afghan guards and unknown assailants exchanged fire, with one guard killed, the German army said.

"This morning at 4.13am, there was an exchange of fire between Afghan guards and unknown assailants at the North Gate of Kabul airport. An Afghan guard was killed, three others injured," said the German army on Twitter.

"American and German forces participated in further exchange of fire," it said, adding that no German soldiers were injured.

Kabul airport has seen chaotic scenes as tens of thousands of foreigners and Afghans seek to flee Afghanistan after the Taliban swept back to power more than a week ago.

The German army has since flown more than 2,500 people out using military planes.

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