Second British victim of Kabul blast was grandfather visiting family


Musa Popal, 60, is among the 170 victims, his family said (Picture: Rex/Sky News)

The second Brit killed in the Kabul blast was a grandfather visiting his family, relatives have confirmed.

The son of Musa Popal, 60, told Sky News that he was one of the 170 victims in Thursday’s bombing at Kabul airport.

He is said to have left his home in north London at the end of May to visit loved ones in Kandahar.

Father Mohammad Niazi had previously been named as the first British victim, while the child of another British national also died.

Mr Popal’s grandson, an Afghan national, is still missing after the blast.

His mother, brothers and sisters have been unable to leave Afghanistan.

Mr Popal’s son Hidayat told Sky that his father moved to the UK in 1999 and held a British passport.

Musa Papal (Picture: Sky News)

Mr Popal was hailed as ‘hard-working’ father who opened a small business when he arrived in the UK (Picture: Sky News)

He paid tribute to his ‘hard-working’ father, who opened a small business when he came to the UK.

‘There should have been a different route for the British people, but they ignore them,’ Hidayat said.

It comes as the final British evacuation flight departed Kabul – leaving behind around 1,000 people still trapped following the Taliban’s takeover.

Metro.co.uk has contacted the Foreign Office for comment.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab previously said a further two British people were injured in the attack.

He said: ‘These were innocent people and it is a tragedy that as they sought to bring their loved ones to safety in the UK they were murdered by cowardly terrorists.’

It is understood the child who died was a teenager, while those injured are an adult British national and an Afghan child with a British family.

Mr Raab added: ‘(Thursday’s) despicable attack underlines the dangers facing those in Afghanistan and reinforces why we are doing all we can to get people out. We are offering consular support to their families.

‘We will not turn our backs on those who look to us in their hour of need, and we will never be cowed by terrorists.’

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