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‘Stop killing Afghans, please’: Cricketer Rashid Khan’s appeal after Kabul airport attack

A heartbroken Rashid Khan wrote on Twitter, "Kabul is bleeding again, stop killing Afghan please."

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: August 27, 2021 11:51:14 am
New Zealand's Kane Williamson helps Afghanistan's Rashid Khan after he is bowled by Lockie Ferguson (Source: Reuters)

Afghanistan’s star leg-spinner Rashid Khan appealed to the world community to stop the cycle of violence in the country.

Reacting to the deadly terror attack at Kabul airport on Thursday evening, a heartbroken Rashid wrote on Twitter, “Kabul is bleeding again, stop killing Afghan please.”

Thursday’s multiple bomb blasts killed 73 people, including children. Among the dead are 13 US service personnel.

In a statement, the Taliban condemned the attack, saying it occurred in an area “controlled by US forces”.

This is Rashid’s second appeal to the world community and its leaders on social media. On August 10, he requested the ‘world leaders not to leave his countrymen in chaos’.

“Dear World Leaders! My country is in chaos, thousands of innocent people, including children & women, get martyred everyday, houses & properties being destructed.Thousand families displaced. Don’t leave us in chaos. Stop killing Afghans & destroying Afghaniatan. We want peace,” Rashid had written.

The Taliban has taken over Afghanistan after the US announced withdrawal of its forces from the war-ravaged country.

The ODI series between Pakistan and Afghanistan, scheduled for next month in Sri Lanka, has been postponed until next year following the Taliban takeover. The Taliban had said they would not interfere with men’s cricket in the country, Afghanistan’s biggest sporting success of recent years. The fate of the women’s program, however, remains unclear.

Earlier this week, former chief Azizullah Fazli was named acting chairman of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), the first new appointment in the governing body since Taliban’s takeover of the strife-torn nation.

On Thursday, one of the bombers struck people standing knee-deep in a wastewater canal under the sweltering sun, throwing bodies into the fetid water. Those who moments earlier had hoped to get on flights out could be seen carrying the wounded to ambulances in a daze, their own clothes darkened with blood.

A U.S. official said the complex attack was believed to have been carried out by the Islamic State group. The IS affiliate in Afghanistan is far more radical than the Taliban, who recently took control of the country in a lightning blitz and condemned the attack.

Even as the area was hit, evacuation flights continued to take off from Kabul airport.

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