Afghan ‘on no-fly list jets into UK on British plane during Kabul evacuation’

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An Afghan on a UK no-fly list has been jetted into the country as part of the British evacuation process from Afghanistan, according to reports.

The no-fly watchlist blocks people who are identified as a security threat from entering the UK.

It has emerged an unnamed individual, apparently considered a security threat, made it to UK turf via a British military plane from Afghanistan.

The plane in question had flown into Birmingham, it has been reported.

As many as 6,000 people have been evacuated as part of the UK’s huge rescue operation from Kabul.

Officials were alerted overnight about the alleged individual, according to SkyNews.

Government sources told the broadcaster the individual being identified revealed the watchlist works but didn’t say whether the person in question had been detained.

News of the case surfaced at a briefing for MPs on Monday.

A government spokesperson said: “There are people in Afghanistan who represent a serious threat to national security and public safety.

“That is why thorough checks are taking place by government, our world-class intelligence agencies and others.

“If someone is assessed as presenting as a risk to our country, we will take action.”

It comes as Boris Johnson and President Joe Biden agreed to continue to work together on the rescue mission from Afghanistan.

The leaders spoke on a call on Monday ahead of a G7 meeting tomorrow.

A Downing Street spokesperson said: “The Prime Minister spoke to US President Joe Biden again this evening on the situation in Afghanistan, ahead of tomorrow’s G7 meeting. They discussed the ongoing efforts by the UK and US to coordinate the rapid and safe evacuation of our nationals and those who previously worked with our governments from Kabul International Airport.

“The leaders agreed to continue working together to ensure those who are eligible to leave are able to, including after the initial phase of the evacuation has ended.

“The Prime Minister and President Biden noted the importance of concerted diplomatic engagement to secure the progress made in Afghanistan and prevent a humanitarian crisis.

“They committed to driving international action, including through the G7 and UN Security Council, to stabilise the situation, support the Afghan people and work towards an inclusive and representative Afghan government.”

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