National Guard: First Afghan evacuees land in Indiana

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JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. — The first evacuees from Afghanistan have landed in Indiana and are on their way to Camp Atterbury, according to the Indiana National Guard.

The evacuees landed Thursday afternoon.

It is currently unclear how many people are in this first group.

Officials say currently, 2,500 Afghans can be temporarily housed at Camp Atterbury. One thousand evacuees are expected by the end of the week with as many as 5,000 anticipated in total.

Camp Atterbury is one of eight sites in the United States that will be receiving Afghan evacuees.

The evacuees are expected to remain at Camp Atterbury for at least two weeks.

“As a Hoosier, I could not be more proud of our troops and active-duty soldiers who came together to help our Afghan allies in support of this mission,” said Brig. Gen. Dale Lyles, the Indiana National Guard adjutant general.

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