Zaki Anori, a young Afghan, who played in the national youth football team, suffered a fatal fall after trying to cling to an American plane that took off from Kabul, learned Thursday from the country’s General Directorate of Physical Education and Sports.
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“Anwari, like thousands of young Afghans, wanted to leave the country, but he fell from an American plane and died,” she said in a statement on Facebook.
Thousands of Afghans flocked to the airport this week to emigrate after a wrongful attack by the Taliban that led to their seizure of power after President Ashraf Ghani fled.
In a touching video filmed on the tarmac on Monday, hundreds of people are seen running alongside a US Air Force plane about to take off from the runway, with several people holding onto the device.
Other footage showed two people falling for their lives from a C-17 after takeoff.
The US military confirmed that human remains were later found in the landing gear, adding that it was investigating the reported deaths linked to the C-17.
“Before the crew could unload their cargo, the plane was surrounded by hundreds of Afghan civilians,” said US Air Force spokeswoman Anne Stefanik.
“Faced with the rapidly deteriorating security situation around the aircraft, the crew decided to leave the airport as soon as possible,” she continued.
US President Joe Biden is under fire domestically and internationally for the way US forces are withdrawing from Afghanistan, especially since his administration was apparently unprepared for a quick Taliban attack.
Memories of the brutal regime they imposed in the 1990s, in which music and television were banned, people were stoned and women were locked in their homes, caused panic among the residents.
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