Family members speak out after Australian man is beaten till he bled by Taliban guards near Kabul airport

Family members speak out after Australian man is beaten till he bled by Taliban guards near Kabul airport



An Australian citizen was beaten by the Taliban while desperately trying to reach Kabul airport so that he can be evacuated.



Distressing video shows the man with blood running down his face and splattered across his polo shirt, crying out that he is an Australian citizen who was trying to reach the airport.



"I am an Australian citizen but they hit me," the bloodied man says before the video cuts out with the sound of gunshots and screaming.

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The man, who was born overseas but lives and works as a barber in Adelaide, was assaulted as he headed to Hamid Karzai Airport along with his cousins, thought to include three men and two women.



A source close to the family said that one of the women accompanying the man had a phone hidden under her headscarf.



She has since messaged her Australian relatives to say the family has been split up and sent to different locations.



The man is believed to be in hiding now but his family in Australia fear it is "only a matter of time" before Islamist militants hunt him down.


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