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At least 50 Australians stuck in Kabul after rescue mission ends

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Face uncertain future as passage to airport deemed unsafe.

At least 50 Australians are stranded in Kabul as details emerged of the frantic attempts to find a mother and her young child before the final RAAF evacuation flight left.

The federal government announced yesterday the Australian rescue mission had ended following the deadly terrorist attacks outside the airport that killed more than 170 people. Thirteen US troops also lost their lives in the attack.

The number of Australians still in Kabul is still unclear but there are at least 50, 9News reports.

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In this image provided by the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Air Force loadmasters and pilots assigned to the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, load people being evacuated from Afghanistan onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021. (Master Sgt. Donald R. Allen/U.S. Air Force via AP)

They have been instructed not to travel to the airport because the federal government has withdrawn its diplomatic staff and Australian Defence Force troops.

The US military is continuing evacuation fights but Prime Minister Scott Morrison has warned it will be incredibly difficult for Australians to board one of them.

Before the terrorist bombings in Kabul on Thursday, Australian troops at Kabul airport held a desperate search for a mother and her three-year-old child just minutes before the final RAAF flight left.

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They were found along with an Australian passport holder just before Mr Morrison gave clearance for that final plane to leave.

Those three people are now safe in Dubai, along with other Australians plucked from the suburbs of Kabul in the days before the blast.

Mr Morrison said yesterday Australia had evacuated some 4100 people out of Afghanistan over the past nine days, calling it "one of the most dangerous places on Earth".

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Foreign Minister Marise Payne reiterated the government warnings that Australian visa holders still in Afghanistan should not travel to the Kabul international airport.

"The new travel advice says Australian evacuation flights from Kabul have ceased," she said.

"There is an ongoing and high threat of terrorist attacks, explosions have occurred in the vicinity of Kabul Hamid Karzai International Airport. Do not travel to the airport."

Senator Payne said remaining Australians should move to a safe location.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/afghanistan-news-at-least-fifty-australians-remain-in-kabul-terror-bombing/6ca8db62-d55d-46de-b608-fce79add3bfb

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