Australia and Norway have halted evacuation flights from Afghanistan after suicide bomb attack at the Kabul airport.
Norway can no longer assist in evacuating remaining citizens from Afghanistan’s capital, Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soereide said on Thursday.
“The doors at the airport are now closed and it is no longer possible to get people in,” Soereide told broadcaster TV2.
The Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison said, Australia has stopped evacuation flights from Afghanistan after Islamic State suicide bombers killed scores of civilians and at least 13 U.S. military personnel in attacks outside the airport in Kabul.
Morrison said Australia’s military personnel had been evacuated from Kabul just hours before the attacks, and with security so precarious it was no longer safe to continue evacuations.
“Our plan now moves into its post evacuation stage and that involves ensuring the process of returning, through our official humanitarian program,” Morrison told reporters in Canberra.
Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne urged citizens and visa holders to stay clear of the airport amid fears of further attacks.