Three British men being held in Afghanistan: UK non-profit group

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UK authorities 'working hard' to unafraid consular interaction with detained British nationals

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Taliban forces patrol a thoroughfare successful Herat, Afghanistan August 14, 2021. PHOTO: REUTERS


 Three British men person been detained by the Taliban successful Afghanistan, UK non-profit radical the Presidium Network said connected Saturday.

The radical said connected Twitter it had been "working intimately with 2 of the families".

"We are moving hard to unafraid consular interaction with British nationals detained successful Afghanistan and we are supporting families," the UK's overseas ministry added successful a statement.

Scott Richards of the Presidium Network told Sky News: "We judge they are successful bully wellness and being good treated.

"We person nary crushed to judge they've been taxable to immoderate antagonistic attraction specified arsenic torture and we're told that they are arsenic bully arsenic tin beryllium expected successful specified circumstances."

There had been "no meaningful contact" betwixt authorities and the 2 men Presidium is assisting, helium added.

These 2 men are believed to person been held by the Taliban since January.

It is not known however agelong the 3rd antheral has been held for.


Media reports named the men arsenic foundation medic Kevin Cornwell, 53, an unnamed manager of a edifice for assistance workers and YouTube prima Miles Routledge.

Presidium connected Twitter urged the Taliban to beryllium "considerate of what we judge is simply a misunderstanding and merchandise these men".

Last twelvemonth the Taliban freed a seasoned tv cameraman and 4 different British nationals it had held for six months.

Peter Jouvenal was 1 of a "number" of Britons that the authorities successful London said had been held by the hardline Islamists.

Britain's overseas ministry said the 5 "had nary relation successful the UK government's enactment successful Afghanistan and travelled to Afghanistan against the UK government's question advice."

"This was a mistake," it added.

At the time, Afghanistan authorities spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid accused the Britons of "carrying retired activities against the country's laws and traditions of the radical of Afghanistan".

"After consecutive meetings betwixt the IEA (Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan) and Britain the said persons were released... and handed implicit to their location country," helium said.

"They promised to abide by the laws of Afghanistan, its traditions and civilization of the radical and not to interruption them again," helium added.

The Taliban returned to powerfulness successful August 2021 and has since sparked planetary outrage with its policies successful peculiar towards women and girls.

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