met with a group of Afghan refugees arriving at  Heathrow Airport today who were among the last to escape before two explosions struck near Kabul Airport only hours later. 

The Home Secretary visited Terminal 4 this morning to meet passengers on one of the final British planes out of Afghanistan, just hours before the blasts which could halt the remaining airlifts before the August 31 deadline.

Some 369 Afghan refugees arrived on the flight this morning – before one explosion ripped through a crowd of Afghans gathered at the Abbey gate of the airport and another hit a hotel, followed by gunfire and mass panic. 

Ms Patel pledged to create safe routes of passage for Afghans to avoid them travelling on small boats across the English Channel – and said the UK was ‘dedicated’ to helping those who do not escape amid Britain’s withdrawal.

Before the evacuation effort – known as Operation Pitting – was placed under threat due to today’s blasts, Ms Patel told reporters that Afghans crossing the Channel with people smugglers was ‘exactly what we want to avoid’.

It came only hours before the explosions, where scores of bloodied people were carried away in wheelbarrows after one of the bombers detonated in a sewage canal-way packed with people overlooked by US troops.

The devastation – which killed at least 13 people – could spell the end of the airlifts before the August 31 deadline, with Germany already pulling out all its military planes, potentially leaving thousands stranded under Taliban rule.

Meanwhile Ms Patel continues to face pressure to find a quick solution to the problem of migrants crossing over the Channel to Kent, with the total for the year so far now at more than 12,000 – compared with 8,410 in 2020. 

Home Secretary Priti Patel (second left) talks to Malalai Hussiny (wearing a green headscarf), a refugee from Afghanistan who arrived on a evacuation flight at London Heathrow Airport Terminal 4 this morning

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The Home Secretary met Afghans arriving at London Heathrow Airport today including Ms Hussiny, 20, and her family

Ms Hussiny told Ms Patel about her family’s journey to Kabul Airport, after she arrived at London Heathrow this morning

Home Secretary Priti Patel said today that the Government wants to avoid Afghan refugees travelling to the UK unsafely

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The arrival came only hours before explosions in Kabul today, where bloodied people were carried away in wheelbarrows 

One of the attacks which took place at the Abbey gate of Kabul Airport today where there were also reports of gunfire

A suicide bomb caused a huge explosion outside Kabul Airport today just hours after warnings of an ‘imminent’ attack

 

Ms Patel said: ‘We want to avoid that (Afghans crossing the Channel) because clearly it puts families in danger.

The world has seen this in the Syria crisis.

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‘In 2015 we saw thousands of people dying in the Mediterranean, making the most perilous, treacherous journeys that puts them in the hands of people traffickers, people smugglers who just don’t care about safety.’

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