Germany resumes Afghan deportations months after Kabul truck bomb

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KABUL: Eight Afghans expelled from Germany arrived in Kabul on Wednesday as Berlin resumed deportations of rejected asylum seekers from the war-torn country months after a huge truck bomb hit the Afghan capital.
Germany suspended the controversial expulsions after a sewage tanker packed with explosives detonated near the German embassy in Kabul’s diplomatic quarter on May 31, killing around 150 people and wounding hundreds more.
The latest group was the sixth wave of repatriations of Afghans from Germany since December under a disputed Afghan-European Union deal aimed at curbing the influx of migrants.
After arriving at Kabul airport on a charter flight, the deportees were escorted by police to a car park where an official registered their names. Some of the men carried small backpacks while others had no luggage at all.
“They told me that there is no problem in your country and you can live there so you can’t stay here anymore,” Mohammad Jamshidi told a foreign news agency before getting into a taxi.
Reza Rezayi said he was deported after his wife accused him of beating her.
“Despite having a witness I couldn’t prove it in the court because Europeans only listen to the lies of women,” Rezayi said.
The International Organization for Migration confirmed the arrival of “eight returnees”.
Twelve had been scheduled to arrive on Wednesday, according to Islamuddin Jurat, a spokesman for Afghanistan’s refugees and repatriations ministry.
“We don’t know if there was a last minute change in the schedule or some of them were taken back,” Jurat told the agency.

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