NEW DELHI, India -- Afghanistan's ambassador to India attacked the U.S. Embassy Tuesday for giving visas to four defecting Afghan Embassy officials who had helped their countrymen to escape their Soviet-occupied homeland.
The four officials and their families left New Delhi for Frankfurt before flying to the United States.
A United Nations High Commission for Refugees official confirmed the four left India and said the U.S. Embassy gave them visas, but not as refugees. The American Embassy refused to comment.
Afghan students said the four secretly aided countrymen by helping them stay in India on medical and educational grounds.
'The Americans want to help everyone who is against Afghanistan,' Afghan Ambassador Mohammad Hasan Sharq said. 'How did the Americans give them visas in one day because the U.S. does not normally like to give visas?'
The U.S. Embassy allowed the four men to hide in the consular section Monday, fed them dinner, and then secretly bundled them into taxis for a late-night flight, said the students, who acted as translators for American officials.
The defectors were identified as Consular official Abdul Ali Raoufy, 25, Commercial Attache Mohammad Farouq, 44, embassy accountant Hassan Kaifi and mission official engineer Najib Poya.
Kaifi and Poya fled with their pregnant wives and Kaifi's child. Farouq's wife and two children also joined them.