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News18 Daybreak | Kabul a Ghost City a Day After Fall to Taliban; India's Pacers Shine With Bat and Ball for Incredible Win at Lord's

A member of Taliban forces inspects the area outside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan August 16, 2021. (Reuters)

A member of Taliban forces inspects the area outside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan August 16, 2021. (Reuters)

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Empty Streets & Embassies, Weary Afghans Rushing Home: Kabul a Ghost City a Day After Fall to Taliban

Kabul’s streets were deserted early on Monday, a day after Taliban insurgents took over the Afghanistan capital without a fight, but the airport was jammed with hundreds of civilians trying to flee. Unverified pictures on social media showed hundreds of people scampering with their luggage toward the safety of the airport terminal with the sound of gunfire breaking out. But one of the haunting features of the capital after the Taliban takeover, was the deserted streets, government offices, and other places.

India vs England: India’s Pacers Shine With Bat and Ball for Incredible Win at Lord’s

Bowlers Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj did the star turn as India defeated England by 151 runs in a fifth-day thriller in the second Test here on Monday registering their third-ever victory in 89 years at Lord’s, the Mecca of cricket. Mohammed Shami (56 not out) and Jasprit Bumrah (34 not out) starred with the bat as they added unbeaten 89 runs for the ninth wicket to help India set England a challenging target of 272 runs. Bumrah and Siraj then took over with the ball as India bowled out the hosts for 120 runs to seal a memorable victory and take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

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US State Department Declines to Say If Ghani Still Afghan President

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Shocking Videos from Kabul Airport: 2 Fall off Plane Mid-Air, Several on Aircraft Wing in Bid to Flee Afghanistan

As Taliban fighters patrolled Kabul on Monday after a swift end to Afghanistan’s 20-year war, shocking visuals emerged of thousands of people mobbing the city’s airport in a bid to flee the group’s feared rule. In one such horrific video that has since gone viral on social media, two people were seen falling off a giant plane that had reportedly taken off from Kabul minutes ago. Locals near the Kabul airport told local media that they saw three men hiding themselves next the wheels of the aircraft and later falling on the rooftop of nearby houses.

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first published:August 17, 2021, 07:48 IST