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Chaotic scenes at Kabul airport as hundreds try to flee with ‘gunshots’ heard

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Kabul airport descended into chaos as hundreds of people congregated in the hope of getting a flight out of the country.

Harrowing footage uploaded to Twitter show scared westerners were seen pushing through Hamid Karzai International Airport as the news came that the country's president had fled the country.

Residents have reported gunfire in the airport, which is the main hub for evacuations out of Afghanistan.

It came after American troops aided the departure of U.S. personnel after Taliban entered the Afghan capital.

The U.S. embassy said in a security alert: "There are reports of the airport taking fire; therefore we are instructing U.S. citizens to shelter in place."

A NATO official has confirmed all commercial flights have been suspended and only military craft were allowed to operate.

The alliance also confirmed that they would help to keep the airport running.

Boris Johnson has promised to get as many Afghans who worked with the UK out of the country as the Taliban looked ready to take control of Kabul.

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The Prime Minister said the situation was "extremely difficult".

After holding a meeting of the Government's emergency Cobra contingencies committee he said the UK was determined to work with fellow allies to prevent the country from becoming a "breeding ground for terror" again.

Britain has sent 600 troops to assist in the dire situation.

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Two sources familiar with the situation at the airport could not confirm the reports of gunshots being fired, Daily Mail reports.

"There are reports of the airport taking fire: therefore we are instructing U.S. citizens to shelter in place," the U.S. embassy said in a security alert.

Over 4,000 people remained in the U.S. embassy until Thursday.

As the Taliban fast approached, President Joe Biden's administration was forced to begin flying in thousands of troops to pull out as many of the remaining diplomats as possible.

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The deployment included 1,000 soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division, who the president said would help evacuate citizens and guarantee an 'orderly and safe' return of U.S. military personnel.

On Sunday, officials from the U.S. said they were weighing up whether more troops were needed.

Another 3,000 are on waiting for activation in Kuwait.

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