Afghanistan crisis: There were reports of sporadic gunfire at Kabul airportNew Delhi:
The Taliban's complete takeover of Afghanistan culminated today in desperate scenes at the airport in the capital Kabul, where thousands of Afghans came running to the tarmac in hope of flying out of the war-torn country. Five people were killed at the airport, news agency Reuters reported.
There were reports of sporadic gunfire at the airport. Earlier this morning, US troops did fire in the air in an attempt to disperse the crowd. Several large cargo aircraft of the US Air Force are still parked at Kabul airport.
The Afghan airspace has been closed and a NOTAM or notice to airmen has been issued to say Kabul airspace is no longer usable. An Air India aircraft tasked to fly to Afghanistan to bring out people will no longer be able to go there, sources have told NDTV.
An NDTV exclusive video from Kabul airport shows the chaos unfolding there after the Taliban takeover. Gunfire can be heard. People are seen scaling the perimeter walls of the airport and running towards parked aircraft.