The daughter of a London shopkeeper, who was killed in a terrorist attack on Kabul Airport, is begging the British government to help bring her widow’s mother home.
60-year-old Musa Popal was one of at least three British citizens killed in a suicide bomb attack on Thursday.
He moved to England in 1999 and ran a Madena supermarket in Hendon, northern London, for over 20 years.
He and his wife, Salima, flew to Kandahar, South Afghanistan in June to visit a family, including a son and daughter who still live in the country. They went to Kabul Airport on Thursday and tried to return to England.
Popal is said to have been waving a British passport to American soldiers at Abbey Gate when the attack took place.
His wife, who was watching from afar, was unharmed, but his grandson Hamed, who stood with Popal, remained missing.
His daughter, Zora, said the family felt “ignored” by the Foreign Ministry, which had not been contacted since the news of his death was confirmed.
She said she was afraid of the lives of her remaining 60-year-old mother in Afghanistan and members of the family she believed could be the target of the Taliban.
“She doesn’t have the paperwork now because I had everything when my mother and father died,” Popal told PA news agency.
“She and my family are still at risk and we can still lose them. Still, we can’t go to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“Their numbers are always engaged. We feel completely ignored. But we need to keep them safe. I can’t live without them. Government I need your help. “
The traumatic loss of her father left Zora, 23, feeling she was “falling into a thousand”. “I have never experienced this kind of pain,” she said.
“Most of us haven’t slept or eaten for days. I want to hug my dad again and kiss my mom.
“My nephew Hamed Popal, only 14 years old, is still missing after the bomb. And now I have my mother and other siblings targeted by the Taliban. I’m really worried.
“I don’t think any of us will suffer another loss.”
Mohammed Niaji, 29, a Uber driver from Aldershot, Hampshire, also died in the attack.
The number of victims in Britain and Afghanistan is expected to increase as the nationalities of the victims become clear.