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‘Imminent, lethal attack’ could occur at Kabul airport in ‘matter of hours’, minister says

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An “imminent, lethal attack” could happen at Kabul airport in a matter of hours, Armed Forces Minister James Heappey has said.

Mr Heappey told Sky News the “grim reality” is that intelligence has got “ever more certain” that an attack could take place at the airport or the handling centres being used to assess refugees.

Asked if an attack could happen in the next few hours, he replied: “Yes.”

The defence minister made it very clear the airlift evacuation programme is coming to an end, but would not say when the last flight will depart.

He added that the UK government is “doing our best to keep those that have not left safe”.

“We are doing our best to look at what other alternative provisions we might be able to make, but obviously we won’t be advertising those because that would simply make the alternative routes a target in themselves.”

It comes as a senior British source told Sky News there is a “very high risk of a terrorist attack” against the Kabul evacuation operation which the UK, US and other allied forces are taking part in.

The group that is of most concern is an Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan called Islamic State Khorasan, or ISIS-K, the source said.

 Sky News

© Sky News 2021

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