An Indian air force plane has evacuated over 170 people from Kabul on Tuesday, including the country's ambassador to Afghanistan, a government official said.

Reuters reports that the flight landed in the western Indian city of Jamnagar for refuelling on the way to Delhi, Jamnagar collector Sourabh Pardhi said.

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Ambassador Rudrendra Tandon said nearly 200 personnel of the Indian mission in Afghanistan had been evacuated within three days, alongside Indian civilians working in the country.

"You cannot imagine how great it is to be back home," Tandon said. "We are back home safely, securely, without any accidents or harm to any of our people."

Tandon described the situation in Afghanistan as "fluid", adding that a small number of Indian nationals remained in the country who authorities were attempting to bring back.

This comes as several countries attempt to evacuate diplomats and civilians out of the country after the Taliban seized Kabul, the capital.

Thousands of people desperate to flee Afghanistan thronged Kabul's airport on Monday. No fewer than five persons have been killed in the stampede that follows as some fell off the plane shortly after take-off.

India, which has invested millions of dollars in development projects across Afghanistan, once operated four consulates in the country, besides the embassy in Kabul.

The last operating consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif was shut down a week ago, days before Taliban insurgents took control of the northern city, where the Afghan army quickly surrendered.


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