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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Bradford East MP Imran Hussain “shocked” and “disgusted” that steps are not being taken to get Bradford family back home from Kabul

A Bradford wife and her two children, the youngest being four months old, have been kicked out of Kabul Airport with no food and a British man forcibly kicked out of his seat on flight out.

A Bradford woman and her two young children, the youngest being only four months old, have been kicked out of Kabul airport this morning by American troops.

Another British man with a British passport was also forcibly removed from his seat on a flight out of Kabul with no reason given.

According to Imran Hussain, Labour MP for Bradford East, the woman and her children were kicked out of the airport and put behind the fence of the airport by U.S troops. The woman did not receive any food for more than nine hours that she was at the airport, and potentially even longer at the hotel she was staying at.

Mr Hussain said: “I have been busy all day taking calls about people from Bradford being stranded in Kabul. There are two confirmed cases, the wife of a constituent with two young children and a man that was forcibly removed from the plane.

“I have been phoning government ministers all day to see if they can help to no joy. It is shocking and disgusting that nobody is trying to help them.

“Words really cannot describe the disbelief and anger at the Government’s behaviour here.”

The Taliban seized Kabul, the country’s capital just under two weeks ago after the president of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani fled the country. Yesterday, a powerful bomb blast struck the perimeter of Kabul’s airport, as civilians continued to seek to escape on flights from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.

At least 95 people were killed and 150 others wounded. The US Pentagon confirmed 13 US service personnel were among those killed.

The bombing came hours after Western governments had warned their citizens to stay away from the airport, because of an imminent threat of an attack by IS-K, the Afghanistan branch of the Islamic State group.

Two British nationals were among those killed in yesterday’s attack in Kabul, along with the child of another Briton, the UK government has announced.

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in a statement that he was “deeply saddened” at the news of the deaths, adding that two other Britons were also wounded.

“These were innocent people and it is a tragedy that as they sought to bring their loved ones to safety in the UK they were murdered by cowardly terrorists,” he said.

He said the deadly attack outside Kabul airport “reinforces why we are doing all we can to get people out”.

“We will not turn our backs on those who look to us in their hour of need, and we will never be cowed by terrorists.”

There are potentially many more families from Bradford stuck in Kabul. The article will be updated as news unfolds.

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