Prez Ghani flees Kabul in copter stuffed with cash: Reports

epa09301119 Afghan President Ashraf Ghani delivers remarks prior to a meeting with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA, 25 June 2021. About 650 US troops will remain in Kabul following the withdrawal of US forces scheduled to be completed in the next couple of weeks. EPA-EFE/SHAWN THEW

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani has fled the war-torn country aboard a helicopter stuffed with money but had to leave some cash as it could not be squeezed into the chopper, according to Russian official media reports on Monday.

Taliban insurgents swept Kabul on Sunday after a sudden and unprecedented collapse of the US-backed Ghani government, prompting the president to join fellow citizens and foreigners to leave the country.

Quoting the Russian embassy in Kabul, Russian official news agency TASS reported that the 72-year-old President fled Afghanistan aboard a helicopter packed with money.

“As for the reasons for the collapse of the regime, they are characterised by how Ghani fled the country. Four cars were packed with money, and they tried to cram another bag of cash into the helicopter. Not all the cash managed to squeeze in, and some of the money was left lying on the airfield,” a mission employee was quoted as saying by the report.