Former British soldier ‘arrested by Taliban’ while trying to evacuate 400 Afghans
A former British soldier was arrested by the Taliban as he tried to evacuate 400 Afghans over a land border to a third country, The Telegraph has reported.
As he was unable to secure UK visas for his staff members ahead of the end of the UK’s air evacuation mission in Kabul, Mr Slater launched an operation to take them out of the country over a land border instead.
The 37-year-old, who used to work as a bodyguard to British ambassadors abroad, hired a coach which brought him and 400 Afghans to a land border, where they waited for two days in a hotel near the checkpoint.
Mr. Slater was eventually released upon further interrogation by the Taliban army. He was giving the opportunity to leave the country with only one person.
However, the British soldier has promised to secure Visas for the other staffs to get them out of the country.
Already, the Taliban have urged women and girls to stay home, in what they say is a “temporary policy” intended to protect them from untrained fighters who could “mistreat” women. The group has also said that although women and girls will be permitted to work and attend same-sex schools, they will still require a male escort for longer trips.