A British taxi driver, his wife, and two of their four children were killed in an attack at Kabul Airport.
Mohammad Niaji, a 29-year-old taxi driver, traveled to Afghanistan on Tuesday in hopes of taking his family to the United Kingdom.
His wife and two daughters, both under the age of 10, were also killed by ISIS militants who killed up to 180 people in the attack on Thursday.
Their 2-year-old son and another daughter are being treated in the hospital because of their injuries.
According to the BBC, Niaji’s brother Abdul Hamid said his family was killed during a shootout in the aftermath of a suicide bomber.
Mr. Imran, a friend and cohabitant of Mr. Niaji, said Mr. Niaji was “very, very desperate” to take his family to Britain and via Azerbaijan to save them after the Taliban took over the country. Said he traveled to Afghanistan.
Niaji’s wife was in the process of completing a UK visa application.
“My heart is disjointed and I have no words,” Imran said.
“His car is parked outside my door. His bedroom is opposite the living room. We look at him every day and everything reminds him. How to get over it I do not know.
“He worked 16 or 17 hours a day as a taxi driver to lead them a better life. He was very happy every time he saved money to buy new clothes and toys. Everything was his It was to give them the best life ever for the benefit of their children.
“We have known each other for 14 years. He was more like my brother than my friend.”
Imran’s family, also in Afghanistan, managed to take an evacuation flight on Friday.
Britain’s evacuation from Afghanistan is set to end today, according to General Nick Carter, head of the British Army.
He said Operation Pitting, an effort to evacuate British citizens and qualified Afghans from Kabul Airport, “did as much as possible in the circumstances.”
Talk to BBC Radio 4 today He said there were “very few” private flights left in the program.
“We are nearing the end of the evacuation that will take place today,” he said.
“And, of course, we’ll need to take our troops to the rest of the aircraft.”
Sir Nick added: “We couldn’t take everyone out, which was tragic and there were some very challenging decisions that had to be made in the field.”
Sir Laurie Bristow, the British ambassador to Afghanistan who remained at Kabul Airport, tweeted that nearly 15,000 people had been evacuated, but “it’s time to end this stage of operations.”
He added: “But we still haven’t forgotten those who need to leave. We will continue to do everything we can to help them.”
It will come because Western countries are in the process of consolidating their evacuation efforts or have already finished prior to Tuesday’s deadline.