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14 Bangladeshis, 160 Afghan students trying to arrange charter flight from Kabul

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 28 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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14 Bangladeshis, 160 Afghan students trying to arrange charter flight from Kabul

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Fourteen Bangladeshis, including eight telecom engineers and three Brac officials, who have been stranded in Afghanistan, are trying to arrange a charter flight to fly back home.

They were scheduled to fly back on Thursday along with around 160 Afghan students of Asian University for Women in Chattogram. Therefore, they went to the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul but returned to their residences just half an hour before the suicide bomb blasts that killed at least 110 people, including 13 US soldiers.

“They are going to the airport again on Friday as they were asked to do so,” said the wife of one of the engineers.

“We are praying for their safe return,” she said, requesting not to be named.

The wife of a telecom engineer said she and other family members went to the airport in Dhaka on Tuesday and Wednesday as she was informed that they would return on those days.

“We were really anxious and terrified after the blasts took place near the Kabul Airport. But my husband told me that they had left Kabul airport just 30 minutes before the explosion,” she said.

According to Bangladesh Ambassador to Uzbekistan Md Jahangir Alam, there were a total of 26 Bangladeshis known to be living in Afghanistan.

Dhaka does not have a mission in Kabul and the country’s interests are maintained through the embassy in Uzbekistan.

The Taliban took control of the country on August 15 before the US could complete full withdrawal of its forces by August 31.

Of the 26, three Brac International officials were evacuated to Kazakhstan on August 22 under UN arrangements and two other Bangladeshis were evacuated to Qatar under US arrangements.

Thousands of foreigners and Afghans, fearful of Taliban rule, began fleeing the country since then creating a heavy crowd at the airport. The bomb blasts, meanwhile, complicated the situation.

The evacuation flights began their operations again on Friday.