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Young Afghan footballer killed in airport chaos

Zaki Anwari, a member of Afghanistan’s national youth soccer team, was one of many victims who died after falling from a US military plane on Monday, the country confirmed in a statement on Thursday. by CNN.

The 17-year-old was one of many killed in chaos that erupted at Kabul airport on Monday, shortly after the Taliban took control of the country.

U.S. soldiers stand guard as Afghans wait to board a U.S. military plane to leave Afghanistan, at Kabul military airport on August 19, 2021 after the military takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban. (Photo by Shakib RAHMANI/AFP) (Photo by SHAKIB RAHMANI/AFP via Getty Images)

“With great regret and sadness, we learned that Zaki Anwari, one of the young footballers of the national team, has lost his life in a horrific accident,” the statement read. translated by CNN.

“[He was] trying to leave the country like hundreds of other young people from his country. He fell from the American military plane and lost his life.

Horrifying video from Kabul airport on Monday showed thousands of Afghans trying to flee the country after the Taliban took control of the capital following the withdrawal of most US troops. According to the New York Times, many rushed to gates and runways and even climbed into the wings of departing planes.

A video showed an American C-17 cargo plane, the one Anwari fell from, running down the track as hundreds of people ran with it. Pentagon officials confirmed that two people died falling from the plane and that remains were found in the plane’s undercarriage when it landed, according to the New York Times.

Former Afghan women’s soccer team captain Khalida Popal on Thursday urged players to delete social media and burn their shirts and other team gear for their safety amid fears the Taliban will retaliate .

“Today I call them and tell them, write down their names, remove their identities, remove their photos for their safety. Even I tell them to burn or get rid of your national team uniform”, a- she declared. via Reuters.

“And it’s painful for me, for someone as an activist who stood up and did everything possible to achieve and earn that identity as a women’s national team player. To earn that badge on chest, to have the right to play and represent our country, how proud we were.”

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