India is evacuating around 80 nationals from Kabul

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Around 80 Indian nationals were evacuated from Kabul by an Indian Air Force military transport aircraft on Saturday amid a deteriorating security scenario in the Afghan capital, people familiar with the development said.
The plane landed in Dushanbe, Tajikistan after the Indians were evacuated, they said, adding the flight is expected to arrive at Hindon Air Force Base near Delhi in the evening.

India has already evacuated 200 people, including the Indian envoy and other staff from its embassy in Kabul, in two IAF C-17 heavy lift aircraft after the Taliban took control of Kabul on Sunday.

The first evacuation flight brought back over 40 Indians on Monday.

The second C-17 plane evacuated around 150 people Tuesday, including Indian diplomats, officials, security guards and some stranded Indians.

The Taliban swept Afghanistan that month and took control of almost every major city, including Kabul, amid the withdrawal of US forces.

The mission to evacuate nearly 200 Indians was carried out with US support.

Following the evacuation, the MEA said the focus will now be on ensuring the safe return of all Indian nationals from the Afghan capital.

The MEA said the government’s immediate priority is to get accurate information about all Indian nationals currently in Afghanistan.

She also urged the Indians and their employers to urgently provide the special cell in Afghanistan with the relevant details.

By a rough estimate, the number of Indians stranded in Afghanistan could be around 400, and India has been looking for ways to evacuate them, including through coordination with the US and other friendly countries.

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