The U.K.'s defence main promised Friday to “get to the bottommost of” a information lapse that saw documents identifying Afghan unit members and occupation applicants near down astatine the abandoned British Embassy successful Kabul.
Times of London newsman Anthony Loyd said helium recovered the papers scattered connected the crushed arsenic helium toured Kabul’s abandoned diplomatic territory with a Taliban escort this week.
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said “clearly it’s not bully enough” that the documents were near unsecured. He said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson “will beryllium asking immoderate questions” astir what had happened.
“We’ll find retired and get to the bottommost of it,” Wallace told LBC radio.
The Pentagon confirmed that astatine slightest 13 work members were killed and different 18 injured connected Thursday aft 2 explosions went disconnected extracurricular of the Kabul Airport.
Thousands of citizens who worked with Western forces person been trying to permission Afghanistan, fearing reprisals present that the Taliban power the country.
Loyd said the documents included the sanction and code of a elder embassy unit member, the interaction details for different employees and the resumes and addresses of radical applying to beryllium interpreters.
He called the telephone numbers helium recovered and learned that immoderate of the staffers had already near Afghanistan but others were inactive successful the country, including 3 Afghan employees and 8 household members stranded extracurricular Kabul's airdrome arsenic they tried to leave.
The authorities said they were yet recovered and taken to safety. The Times said the destiny of astatine slightest 2 of the occupation applicants remains unknown.
The House of Commons’ Foreign Affairs Committee said it would clasp an enquiry into however the documents got abandoned during the hurried departure of U.K. diplomats from the embassy arsenic the Taliban precocious connected Kabul earlier this month.
The Foreign Office said successful a connection that “during the drawdown of our embassy each effort was made to destruct delicate material.”
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