Afghanistan: Pen Farthing’s car targeted by gunman after Kabul explosion

Pen Farthing was waiting to be evacuated with his animals when the explosion occurred (Photo: Nowzad)

A former Royal Marine who was in the vicinity of the deadly explosions near Kabul airport said a gunman targeted his vehicle amid the chaos.

Pen Farthing, who founded the Nowzad Animal Shelter, aims to get 200 people dog And the cats are out of the country along with his staff.

He was outside the airport in a car when the attack happened, At least 13 people were killed, including children.

He said: We are fine, but everything here is a mess at the moment.

Suddenly we heard gunshots and they targeted our car, had our driver not turned he would have been hit in the head by a man with an AK-47.

We were at the airport and back from the airport. Everything is in a mess.

“There’s not much I can say at the moment, I need to make sure the animals and everyone else is safe.”

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At least two explosions are believed to have gone off as thousands wait outside Kabul airport to be evacuated.

Defense sources said that the first explosion outside the Baron Hotel was believed to be a suicide bomber, while the second explosion near Abbey Gate was most likely a car bomb.

A US official said the attack was “certainly” believed to have been carried out by the Islamic State group.

It is believed that up to three US soldiers were injured In the explosions as well as Taliban guards.

Boris Johnson will chair an emergency Cobra meeting later in the afternoon to discuss the crisis.

It is not yet clear how the incident will affect efforts to evacuate foreign nationals and Afghans from the country.

Mr. Farthing said this morning that it was Stuck outside Kabul airport with his animals and staff for 10 hours.

Ben Farthing, founder of the Nawzad Shelter in Kabul, awaits evacuation with his animals and staff (Image: PA)

He set out in the middle of the night for the airport with 25 Afghan staff and their families after Defense Secretary Ben Wallace agreed to let him land on a private charter flight, funded by donations, to take them all back to Britain.

There was criticism about prioritizing animals over people, but the flight was approved.

However, a plane that was expected to fly out of Luton Airport to rescue the crew was canceled today amid safety concerns.

Wildlife activist Dominic Dyer told the BBC that the volatile situation in the country meant the mission was “extremely dangerous” and that the private airline “could not safely enter Kabul airspace”.

He said a plane in a country neighboring Afghanistan would now be used to get them out of the capital, but would only land when Farthing was inside the airport.

Farthing made a direct appeal to the Taliban on Twitter earlier today, asking them to let his crew pass.

Since the Taliban’s capture of the capital, Farthing has campaigned to transport his staff, their families, and animals in a chartered plane, in a plan he called Operation Astronomy.

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said earlier this week that he was not prepared to prioritize animals over humans “who are in real danger.” Then he said that if the founder of the charity arrived at the airport with his staff and animals, he would look for a place for the charter flight.

Speaking to Sky News on Thursday morning, Armed Forces Minister James Hebby said British forces could not get “desperate Afghans” out of their way to bring the former Royal Navy to the front of the queue at Kabul airport.

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