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Seventeen injured in stampede at gates to Kabul airport as people rush to flee Afghanistan

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Seventeen people have been injured in a stampede at a gate to the airport in the Afghan capital of Kabul, a NATO security official has said.

He told Reuters he had not heard any reports of violence by Taliban fighters outside the airport.

It comes as the militant group blew up a statue of a Shia militia leader, casting doubt on their claims to have become more moderate in the two decades since they were ousted from power.

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Photos on social media showed the insurgents had destroyed a statue of Abdul Ali Mazari, a militia leader who fought against the group during Afghanistan‘s civil war in the 1990s and was later killed by the group in 1996.

Mazari was a champion of the Hazara minority, a predominantly Shia group who were persecuted under Taliban rule.

 Sky News

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