UK minister: There could be a highly lethal terror attack within hours

We’ve got more from UK Armed Forces minister who says there could be an “imminent, highly lethal” terror attack at Kabul airport within hours.

The Foreign Office last night issued new guidance telling anyone near the airport to “move away to a safe location and await further advice”.

James Heappey earlier told the BBC: “There is now very, very credible reporting of an imminent attack.”

He later told us: “The credibility of the reporting has now reached the stage where we believe that there is a very imminent, highly lethal attack possible within Kabul.”

Asked by Sky News whether an attack could occur in the coming few hours, Mr Heappey replied: “Yes.”

Stressing the “severe” nature of the threat, he told the BBC that it had created an “extraordinarily challenging situation, both on the ground and as a set of decisions to be taken in Whitehall”.

“People are desperate, people are fearing for their lives anyway, and so I think there’s an appetite among many in the queue to take their chances,” he said.

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