“According to a Taliban official, a total of 12 people have been killed in and around Kabul airport since Sunday. The official, who spoke anonymously to the Reuters news agency, said the deaths were caused by gunshots or stampedes,” the message says.
The Taliban urged crowds at the gates of the airport to go home if they did not have the right to travel and said the Taliban "don't want to hurt anyone”. Nevertheless, the mass media reported that up to 40 people died in the crowd and during the shooting.
The Airport of Kabul remains under the control of the U.S. but adjacent roads are guarded by the Taliban. The witnesses also reported that the armed members of the group ban people, including those with documents, to enter the territory of the complex.
On August 15, the Taliban militants seized Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said that he had left the country to avoid bloodshed as the Taliban entered the capital Kabul. Members of the diplomatic missions of the Western countries and their staff consisting of locals did not evacuate and they stay in the capital airport, where chaos is observed.
It was reported that the air space over Kabul is closed for a flight of any civilian planes; only military aviation can fly there.