Omaha man relives friend’s close encounter with explosions at Kabul airport
OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - An Afghan-American man talked with 6 News on Thursday, sharing images caught by a friend at Kabul airport explosions that he said was nothing short of horrific.
Feroz Mohmand watched the video taken by his friend after narrowly escaping the first explosion.
“He’s walking away from the area of where the explosion is happening, and as soon as he’s walking down ‘boom’ the explosion happens,” Mohmand said.
His friend was making his way to the airport trying to flee on a flight. Instead, he was caught in the chaos.
The videos show blood and bodies in the aftermath of two suicide bombings.
“He pulled out his phone and takes some pictures and making videos and as soon as I saw those, I thought, ‘This like a horror movie kind of situation,’ ” said Mohmand, whose family was trying to get on a flight the night before the bombings. “They were getting very close to the last checkpoint of the Taliban But then all things changed around 11:30 local time. They started beating up all of my family members and other people around.”
Mohmand fled Afghanistan after exposing a plot against the U.S. military in 2012. At the time, he was a press aide to then-President Hamid Karzai.
“They even put a gun on my mom’s head and said, ‘Why you want to go to America in this age? Let us kill you so we can go to heaven,’” said Mohmand.
They didn’t kill her.
“They made a second attempt this morning to go to a different route at the airport so they could be evacuated, but unfortunately, every attempt was unsuccessful,” Mohmand said.
His family, like so many, is desperate to get out before the United States pulls out completely.
“That’s their last hope of getting out of Afghanistan while the U.S. troops are on the ground,” Mohmand said. “Imagine if the evacuation process is this hard right with the U.S. foot on the ground, what is going to happen when the Taliban has full control of the airport?”
As for his friend who captured the video, Mohmand said he hasn’t heard from him since.
“It is so much,” he said. “I’ve never felt in my life this hopeless.”
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