Kabul,A Nato official has told Reuters at least 20 people have died in and around Kabul airport since the Taliban seized control of the capital last Sunday.

"The crisis outside the Kabul airport is unfortunate. Our focus is to evacuate all foreigners as soon as we can," the unnamed official said.

"Our forces are maintaining strict distance from outer areas of the Kabul airport to prevent any clashes with the Taliban," the NATO official added.

The UK's Ministry of Defence (MoD) said earlier that seven Afghan civilians had been killed outside the airport, giving few other details, BBC news reported.

Source: Oman News Agency