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United Kingdom Ministry of Defence says final evacuation flight purely for civilians has left Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul.

It added that further flights which leave will have UK diplomatic and military personnel on board.

The head of the armed forces, Gen Sir Nick Carter, said it was “heartbreaking” they had not been able to rescue everybody.

He said hundreds of Afghans eligible to come to the UK remained in Afghanistan.

A mass airlift has been under way since the Taliban took control of the capital, with a deadline of 31 August in place for foreign troops to leave the country.

The US has been running the airport in Afghanistan’s capital, where a suicide bomb attack on Thursday may have killed as many as 170 people – including two British nationals and the child of a British national.