Mother, 19, begs ministers to save her 23-month-old baby boy bound for Britain now fighting for his life in Kabul after ISIS airport suicide bombing which killed his father
- Muhammad Razi was reportedly among those injured in Thursday’s bombing
- His mother Basbibi, 19, is in the UK after getting the RAF Mercy flight to the UK
- Her 23-month-old Muhammad remains in a Kabul hospital fighting for his life
- Basbibi has begged for help from the UK Government for help saving her son
A mother has begged ministers for help saving her baby boy bound for Britain, who is now fighting for his life in Kabul after being injured in the ISIS suicide bombing.
Muhammad Raza was reportedly among those injured when a suicide bomber struck the Hamid Karzai International Airport, as people lined up attempting to flee Afghanistan.
The 23-month-old baby was reportedly hit by shrapnel in the blast, which saw his father and British grandfather among the 170 people killed in the attack.
His mother Basbibi, 19, had been waved through a gate en route to an RAF flight leaving Afghanistan when the explosion happened last Thursday, The Sun reported.
Baby Muhammad Raza was among those injured when a suicide bomber struck the Hamid Karzai International Airport, as people lined up to flee Afghanistan (aftermath pictured)
She was reportedly waiting with seven relatives who were being processed, and was not allowed to pass back through the checkpoint to check on their welfare after the blast.
She told the paper: ‘I am just desperate to be reunited with my baby. I am praying the British government can do something to bring him here and save him.’
Muhammad was seriously injured in the blast and surgeons have removed shrapnel from his abdomen and repaired a rip in his intestines, according to the Sun.
Basbibi said she is desperate to be reunited with her family and claimed that her five-month-old daughter Kalsoom, who was not injured in the bombing, is also still in Kabul.
She added: ‘I am thankful to be alive but there is so much emotional pain and hurt to deal with.’
Muhammad’s grandfather Sultan, 48, died in the aftermath, having been granted British citizenship just ten days earlier, after working as a taxi driver in England since 2002.
The 23-month-old baby was reportedly hit by shrapnel in the blast, which saw his father and grandfather among the 170 people killed in the attack. Above: The aftermath of the blast
His family were reportedly given special permission to board the RAF Mercy flight to the UK, but Muhammad’s father Miraj was also said to have died in the bombing.
Sultan’s son Shakrullah, who lives in North London, said he had paid the ‘ultimate price’ and had sacrificed his life trying to bring the rest of his family to the UK.
Sultan had reportedly flew to Pakistan on August 23 before driving to Jalalabad in Afghanistan to help bring back his relatives, including his wife Mangala and Basbibi’s family.
He drove them from Jalalabad to Kabul, where they reportedly spent three days outside the airport fence, where 21 people died in falls and crushes, before Sultan tragically died in the suicide bombing.
On Thursday, an ISIS suicide bomber killed at least 170 people, including 13 U.S. soldiers, two Britons and the child of a UK national outside the airport walls.
The Ministry of Defence told The Sun that Muhammed was too unwell to fly and they could not risk airlifting him to the UK.
MailOnline has contacted the Ministry of Defence for further comment.
On Friday, The Ministry of Defence said only those UK nationals and Afghans who had already been processed would be airlifted from Kabul airport to free up space for the remaining UK diplomats and military personnel.
The operation at the Baron Hotel facility, which was being used to process those leaving the country by British officials, shut its doors and the final UK troops and diplomatic staff were airlifted from Kabul on Saturday night.
Operation Pitting, the largest UK military evacuation since the Second World War, airlifted more than 15,000 people in a fortnight on more than 100 RAF flights.
It included 5,000 British nationals and their families and more than 8,000 Afghan former UK staff and their relatives.
His mother Basbibi, 19, had been waved through to an RAF flight leaving Afghanistan when the explosion happened last Thursday. Pictured: People gather at Kabul airport on August 25
Basbibi, who is now in the UK, said she is desperate to be reunited with her family. Pictured: Afghans hoping to leave Afghanistan wait at main gate of Kabul airport on Friday
Around 2,200 children were evacuated, the youngest just a day old. Afghan ‘sleeper’ agents who fed intelligence to MI6, including information about the suicide bomb attack at Kabul airport, have also been whisked to safety.
Sir Laurie Bristow, the British ambassador to Kabul, who has relocated to Qatar to lead diplomatic work remotely, said: ‘It’s time to close this phase of the operation now, but we haven’t forgotten the people who still need to leave.’
The Pentagon announced overnight it carried out a retaliatory drone strike on the ISIS ‘planner’ behind the suicide attack. The ISIS chief’s car was obliterated by a missile while driving through Nangarhar province, eastern Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, it was reported that the Taliban had sealed off Kabul’s airport to most Afghans hoping for evacuation, as most Nato nations flew out their troops after two decades in Afghanistan, winding down a frantic airlift that Western leaders acknowledged was still leaving many of their citizens and local allies behind.
Thousands of refugees have been unable to get to the Taliban-guarded airport or are too fearful to do so for the constant threat of terrorism.
General Sir Richard Barrons warned that ISIS now posed a threat which reached beyond Afghanistan to the UK.
‘What [the suicide bombing] does do is illustrate that Isis-K is a risk to the United Kingdom, here at home, and to our interests abroad,’ the general said.
‘We’re going to find common cause with the US, and indeed I think the Taliban, in bearing down on this terrible organisation for as long as it takes to neuter them.’
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