Body parts were found in the wheel arch of a US military plane that left Kabul yesterday, ABC News reported.
According to the news outlet, a US official said that after landing at al Udeid airbase in Qatar on August 16, the human remains were found inside the wheel well of the C-17 military plane.
The flight was part of the surging wave of evacuation flights after the Taliban took over Afghanistan.
Videos of the military plane were widely shared on social media, showing hundreds of people desperately clinging to the aircraft as it left Kabul’s airport.
After the videos emerged online, several reports said that some people tragically died after falling from the plane shortly after the take-off.
“Locals near Kabul airport claim that three young men who were holding themselves tightly in the wheels of an airplane fell on top of people’s houses,” a Kabul news agency stated.
“One of the locals confirmed this and said that the fall of these people made a loud and terrifying noise,” it added.
Earlier this week, Taliban forces have descended in Kabul, with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country.
Ghani then released a message to Afghanis explaining why he left Afghanistan before militants could seize control of the Presidential Palace.
Ghani explained that he faced a ‘hard decision’ between an ‘armed Taliban’ and ‘leaving the dear country that I dedicated my life to protecting the past 20 years’.
“If left unchecked, countless patriots would be martyred and the city of Kabul would be devastated, resulting in a major humanitarian catastrophe in the six-million-strong city,” Ghani said.
“The Taliban had made it clear that they were ready to carry out a bloody attack on all of Kabul and the people of Kabul to oust me,” Ghani said. “In order to prevent a flood of bloodshed, I decided to leave.”
With the Taliban’s return to power, major concerns were raised as to what this means for the rights of women and young girls in the country.
During the Taliban’s previous reign between 1996 and 2001, women were not allowed to go to school and were barred from appearing in public without full-body coverings and male escorts.
To fight against any potential violation of their rights, four women courageously took to the streets of Kabul this week, demanding that their voices be heard.
Footage of the Afghan women was shared by an Al Jazeera reporter with the caption:
“We want our rights, here are women, we want social security, the ban on work, the right to education, and the right to political participation.”
“No force can ignore and stifle women. All our achievements over the years should not be compromised and our basic rights!”
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