Afghan interpreter claims Taliban beat women outside Kabul airport

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A former Afghan interpreter who tried to escape the country through Kabul airport said he saw the Taliban beating people – including women – near the gate which was the target of the suicide bombing of yesterday.

The interpreter, identified by Newsy only as Jack, was allegedly driven by the Taliban from the Abbey Gate area on Wednesday evening before an explosion killed 13 US servicemen and dozens of Afghans.

“The Taliban, they were beating the women,” he told Newsy. “They just used violence against every civilian. They didn’t ask who had documents, they didn’t care.”

Crowds are seen outside Kabul airport on Thursday ahead of the suicide bombing.  (Reuters)
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Crowds are seen outside Kabul airport on Thursday ahead of the suicide bombing. (Reuters)
(Reuters)

Jack reportedly had a letter from a US Congressman requesting his evacuation, but he never managed to show it to US troops stationed at the airport.

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“Everyone was trying to reach the American troops, but unfortunately we couldn’t do it,” he told Newsy, adding that the Taliban fighters were telling the crowd “We won’t allow anyone to. leave Afghanistan. You must stay in our own country. ”

Jack also said he had not returned to the airport since the explosion.

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