Shots have been fired at an Italian military transport plane as it flew out of Kabul airport on an evacuation mission, a source at Italy's Defence Ministry says.
But Italian intelligence officers say the shots may have been fired to disperse the crowd, not to attack the plane, another government source said.
The plane was not damaged in the incident, the source added.
An Italian journalist traveling on the flight told Sky 24 TG that the plane had been carrying almost 100 Afghan civilians when it came under fire minutes after take off.
The incident occurred as warnings were issued of a threatened terror attack at the airport where thousands are seeking to board flights to escape the country's new Taliban rulers.