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Afghan youth footballer fell to death from US plane

In a harrowing video from the airport on Monday, hundreds of people were seen running alongside a US Air Force plane as it gathered speed on the runway [AP Photo]


Afghan youth footballer fell to death from US plane


An Afghan footballer who played for the national youth squad died after attempting to cling to a US jet airlifting civilians out of Taliban-controlled Kabul.

Further details about his death have not been revealed.

According to CNN, Zaki Anwari, 17, died after falling from a C-17 cargo jet at Kabul’s airport on Monday.

Crowds have congregated at the city’s airport since the Taliban took control of the Afghan capital on Sunday, hoping to flee the country. Hundreds of people were videotaped rushing alongside a US Air Force jet as it gathered speed on the runway over the weekend, and some people clung to the side.

Zaki Anwari was killed in the mayhem that erupted at the capital’s airport this week, according to the General Directorate of Physical Education and Sports of Afghanistan, a government agency that works with sporting groups.

According to local media accounts, at least two passengers died after the plane took off. Human remains were discovered in the landing gear of an airplane after it arrived in Qatar, according to the US Air Force.


“Before the air crew could offload the cargo, the aircraft was surrounded by hundreds of Afghan civilians,” US Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said.

“Faced with a rapidly deteriorating security situation around the aircraft, the C-17 crew decided to depart the airfield as quickly as possible.”

Anwari is thought to have tried to grab the exterior of the American military plane as it took off from Hamid Karzai International Airport.

“Anwari, like thousands of Afghan youths, wanted to leave the country but fell off a US plane and died,” the sports organization said in a statement on Facebook on Thursday.

“May he rest in heaven and pray to God for his family, friends and sports colleagues,” the sports body said.

While the Taliban have taken control of the bulk of Afghanistan’s capital, the airport in Kabul is still under US control. Following Monday’s turmoil, military authorities announced the two sides had reached an uneasy agreement, allowing Americans to depart Afghanistan.

After hundreds of civilians crowded into a C-17 Globemaster leaving Kabul, the jet carried an estimated 640 people, more than five times its suggested payload.

On Thursday, though, the fate of thousands of their Afghan friends remained unknown. If they are unable to flee the nation, everyone who helped the US war effort is likely to face severe retaliation, including execution.

At least five people are reported to have killed in the pandemonium on the ground in Kabul, during which US forces shot into the air to stop people from boarding evacuated officials’ planes.

US President Joe Biden has been pressed domestically and internationally to explain why his government appeared unprepared for the Taliban’s rapid attack – and how US soldiers are withdrawing from Afghanistan.

The Taliban are preventing Afghans without travel documents from entering the airport, but even those with legal authorization have had difficulty.

The Kabul airport remained chaotic on Thursday, as scores of individuals who were qualified for evacuation were unable to board their rescue plane. The Taliban maintained a strong presence at airports, and some families were seen attempting to hand their newborns to US forces in the hopes of escaping the country.

Many Afghans have attempted to leave because of memories of the Taliban’s cruel reign in the 1990s, which saw music and television outlawed, individuals stoned to death, and women confined to their houses.

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