Evacuees from Kabul: 6 Bangladeshis returned from Spain

Six Bangladeshis recently evacuated from Afghanistan and airlifted to Spain were repatriated yesterday from the European country.

The names and identities of the Bangladeshis could not be known immediately.

A Turkish Airways flight carrying them touched down at the capital’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around noon, an airport immigration official said.

The Foreign Ministry announced yesterday on its official Facebook page that the six Bangladeshis began their return journey from Spain’s Malaga airport on Tuesday.

The Bangladeshis were evacuated from Afghanistan by the US military and taken to the Saudi capital Riyadh on August 28.

They were then flown to the Rota military base in Spain in a US military plane on August 30, the Foreign Ministry publication reads.

The Bangladeshis remained at the base under the supervision of the US military, the Facebook post said.

After requesting support from the Bangladeshi Embassy in Madrid, the Foreign Ministry ordered the Embassy to take the necessary steps for their repatriation.

The Bangladeshi Embassy immediately established communications with the Bangladeshis and also successfully established communications with the Spanish Foreign Ministry, the United States Embassy and American officials at the Rota base.

The Rota base is a US-controlled air and naval base in Spain, the Foreign Ministry post said.

Thousands of foreigners and Afghans, fearing the Taliban regime, began to flee Afghanistan after the group took control of the South Asian country.

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