- Taliban fighters wounded at least six people outside the Kabul airport, according to Marcus Yam.
- The LA Times photographer captured photos of the violence, which he told CNN was “indiscriminate.”
- He said a Taliban fighter fired into “the crowd, smiling at another Taliban fighter as if it were a game.”
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Marcus Yam, a photojournalist for the Los Angeles Times, captured harrowing images on the scene near the Kabul airport in Afghanistan on Tuesday.
Yam took photos of Afghans looking to flee the nation after Taliban forces regained control of the country over the weekend.
Taliban fighters used weapons like guns, whips, sticks, and sharp objects to maintain crowd control of Afghans looking to evacuate, Yam said.
Yam said Afghans were waiting outside the airport to “try their luck” and get on a flight out of the nation, which is now under Taliban control.
“The violence was indiscriminate,” the LA Times photographer told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in a phone interview Tuesday evening. “It seemed like they were doing whatever they wanted.”
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“I even watched one Taliban fighter, after firing some shots in the general direction of the crowd, smiling at another Taliban fighter,” Yam continued. “As if it were a game for them or something.”
Yam said it was “shocking” to see people wounded and beaten in the street by Taliban fighters.
At least six people, including a woman and her child, were wounded outside the airport within the hour of violent escalation, the photographer said.