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Kam Air’s 35 Foreign Staff Members Leave Afghanistan, Following Hotel Attack

(Last Updated On: February 12, 2018)

As many as 35 foreign staff members of Kam Air Aviation Company have left Afghanistan, after a deadly attack on Intercontinental Hotel in capital Kabul last month.

Twenty-four people including nine pilots and crew of Kam Air who were all foreign nationals killed in the Taliban siege on Intercontinental hotel in January 20.

Following the attack, 35 international staff members of the aviation company have left Afghanistan, including citizens of Ukraine, Venezuela, Tajikistan and Kirgizstan.

According to Kam Air officials, the company is now lacking technical cadres with its foreign staff departure.   

“The government should ensure and maintain the security of private sectors. We are now witnessing capital flight,” said Mohammad Hashim Faryabi, Deputy Head of the National Economic and Commission in Parliament’s Lower House.

The attack left a major impact on Kam Air, as it has forced the company to reduce its flights from 40 to less than 10 per day. The company has stopped its domestic flights and recently, Ukraine has taken back its two rental aircrafts from the company.

“The attack on Intercontinental hotel has created an atmosphere of distrust to private sectors, and we will be witnessing capital flights and decline rate in investment,” said Shabir Bashiri, an economic analyst.

The Interior Ministry Spokesman, Najib Danish however, said that the government makes efforts to ensure safety of its citizens and foreign nationals in the country.

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