May 31, 2017 / 10:48 AM / 3 months ago

Germany cancels flight deporting migrants to Afghanistan after blast - media

Relatives of Afghan victims mourn outside a hospital after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan May 31, 2017.Omar Sobhani

BERLIN (Reuters) - The German government has cancelled a flight planned for Wednesday to deport rejected asylum seekers to Afghanistan after an explosion killed at least 80 people in the Afghan capital Kabul, broadcaster ARD cited the interior minister as saying.

The interior ministry could not immediately comment.

In December Germany began carrying out group deportations of Afghans as the government sought to show it was tackling the high number of migrants by getting rid of those who do not qualify as refugees.

Reporting by Michelle Martin; Editing by Madeline Chambers

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