Officials have admitted there is a “very real risk” of an attack by the Taliban’s rival terror group as thousands continue to descend on the airport in the capital in a frantic bid to escape.
“The security situation in Afghanistan remains volatile,” a Home Office spokesperson said.
“There is an ongoing and high threat of terrorist attack. Do not travel to Kabul Hamid Karzai International Airport.
“If you are in the area of the airport, move away to a safe location and await further advice.”
Armed forces minister James Heappey today described the terror threat to people outside Kabul airport as “lethal” amid concerns over the affiliate of the so-called Islamic State in Afghanistan – ISIS-K.
“I can’t stress the desperation of the situation enough, the threat is credible, it is imminent, it is lethal,” he told BBC Breakfast.
“And we wouldn’t be saying this if we weren’t genuinely concerned about offering Islamic State a target.”