India evacuates embassy staff, IAF C-17 takes off from Kabul

India evacuates embassy staff, IAF C-17 takes off from Kabul

With the Taliban taking over Afghanistan, India has decided to evacuate its ambassador and other officials from Kabul. An IAF plane departed Kabul for India on Tuesday with the Indian ambassador and other personnel as part of the emergency evacuation.

MEA spokesman Arindam Bagchi said: “In view of the prevailing circumstances, it has been decided that our ambassador in Kabul and his Indian staff will move to India immediately,” the ANI news agency was quoted as saying.

According to sources, a C-17 aircraft of the Indian Air Force took off from Kabul with more than 120 Indian officers on it. “The personnel were taken inside the secure areas of the airport in a safe manner last night,” he added.

An Indian Air Force (IAF) C-17 heavy lift transport aircraft brought personnel to India on Monday and Tuesday’s flight is the second.

Thousands of people desperate to flee Afghanistan packed into Kabul airport on Monday after the Taliban seized the capital, prompting the United States to halt evacuations.

Earlier, military flights evacuating diplomats and civilians from Afghanistan began taking off on Tuesday morning, a Western security official at Kabul airport told Reuters.

The airport runway and runway, overrun Monday by thousands of people desperate to flee the Afghan capital, are now clear of crowds, the official said.

US forces, who are in charge at the airport, halted evacuation flights due to the chaos.

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