Taliban let Englishman who said he was Welsh go as they didn’t know where the country was
The Taliban let a man who was ‘on holiday’ in Afghanistan go when he said he was Welsh, because they didn’t know where it was, he has said.
Student Miles Routledge from Birmingham said that he decided to tell them he was from Wales rather than England or the UK.
He flew out to Kabul four days ago, apparently unaware that it was on the brink of capture by the Taliban.
He told Twitch that he had been confronted by the insurgents this morning when he attempted to go to the airport.
“I kind of just thought, I’m going to be killed by the Taliban, fair enough,” he said.
But when he was asked where he was from, he said that he was Welsh rather than British, and was let go.
He added today that he hoped to be part of an “emergency evacuation” after apparently finding refuge at a UN safe house.
Miles Routledge added that he had made a point of visiting dangerous areas, having previously travelled to Chernobyl.
‘Best to get out’
Miles Routledge’s visit coincided with the Taliban’s recaptured nearly all of Afghanistan, despite the billions of dollars spent by the U.S. and NATO over almost 20 years on the Afghan military.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has reportedly fled the country.
“If there were still countless countrymen martyred and they would face the destruction and destruction of Kabul city, the result would have been a big human disaster in this six million city,” the President said in a Facebook post yesterday.
“The Taliban have made it to remove me, they are here to attack all Kabul and the people of Kabul. In order to avoid the bleeding flood, I thought it was best to get out,” President Ghani said in a Facebook post on August 15.”
According to witnesses, at least five people were killed in Kabul airport last night – either by gunshots or a stampede – as hundreds of people tried to leave the capital.