Germany deports failed Afghan asylum seekers
A plane arrived in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday morning with 46 rejected Afghan asylum seekers deported from Germany, airport officials told journalists.
The collective deportation was the 15th such flight since December 2016.
Including Wednesday's flight, some 350 people have been forcibly returned to Kabul after their asylum applications were turned down.
Last month, a failed Afghan asylum seeker deported from Germany killed himself after arriving back in the Afghan capital. He had spent eight years in Germany before his forcible return.
The deportations are taking place amid a worsening security situation in Afghanistan. The Taliban are refusing to come to the negotiating table and are intensifying offensives against the government and security forces.
In addition, the Islamic State terrorist group is increasing its attacks in urban areas. Fierce battles in Afghanistan's eastern province of Ghazni claimed at least 130 lives over a several days, the country's defence minister said on Monday. (dpa)