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Fleeing Afghans crowd border to enter Pakistan

Afghans trying to flee a Taliban offensive crowded to cross a gate into Pakistan at the border town of Chaman on Sunday (August 15).

A long queue had formed at the Friendship Gate checkpoint as people, including women and children, waited for paper checks to allow them entry into Pakistan.

The crossing point, manned by Pakistani Army soldiers, has been choked with new arrivals, with people trying to flee while the border remains open.

Afghanistan’s Taliban entered the capital Kabul on Sunday and Western-backed President Ashraf Ghani left the country, with the insurgents saying they were seeking complete power.

There were reports of sporadic gunfire around the city, but there was no significant fighting and the Taliban said they were waiting for the Western-backed government to surrender peacefully.

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