Afghanistan: deportation flight from Germany to Kabul canceled at short notice

Police officers accompany an Afghan on a previous deportation flight in Leipzig (archive picture from 2019)

Photo: Michael Kappeler / DPA

The security situation in Afghanistan remains threatening, Germany continues to deport Afghan refugees to their homeland. Now German authorities have canceled a deportation flight at short notice. The flight was originally scheduled for late Tuesday evening. According to information from the dpa news agency, there were several Afghan men who were from Munich to Kabul should have flown, had already been brought to the Bavarian capital at the time of the cancellation.

On the reasons for the decision there was initially no official information. In Afghanistan, the fighting between the radical Islamic Taliban and the security forces continues to intensify. Police said three people were injured in a bomb attack in Kabul on Wednesday. The day before, there had been several coordinated attacks in the capital. Hundreds of people fled fighting between the army and the Taliban in Laschkar Gah in southern Afghanistan.

Most recently, CDU boss and candidate for chancellor Armin Laschet and Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer ( CSU ) for maintaining deportations to Afghanistan. “We are monitoring the situation in Afghanistan very closely,” Laschet told the “Bild”. “But our line remains clear: Anyone who commits a criminal offense in Germany has forfeited his hospitality right.”

In the past few years only men – mainly criminals and so-called terrorist threats – were brought back to Afghanistan from Germany against their will. Federal politicians of the Greens and the Left hold deportations in the country after the recent advance of the Taliban for not justifiable. In contrast, the federal government recently advocated in Kabul that deportations should still be possible in principle.

“Don’t worry, everything is fine” Since the withdrawal of NATO troops, the Taliban in several offensives overrun numerous districts in the country and have invaded several provincial capitals. In the Afghan capital Kabul, among others, several people were injured in an explosion near the home of Defense Minister Bismillah Mohammadi on Tuesday. “Don’t worry, everything is fine,” he tweeted at first. The Ministry of the Interior later announced that at least 0001 people killed and around 20 others were injured. Among the fatalities, five attackers were killed by special police forces.