Three British men are being held by the Taliban in Afghanistan
A humanitarian organization informed the BBC that three British citizens are currently held by the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Scott Richards from the Presidium Network named one of the men as Kevin Cornwell, 53, from Middlesbrough.
Richards stated that Richards and an unnamed man were taken into custody on the 11th of January. He also confirmed that a third British citizen was also taken into custody at a different time.
According to the Foreign Office, it is working hard to reach these men.
The Presidium Network, a UK-based nonprofit organization, provides support for communities in crisis and represents the needs of those affected by violence or poverty to international policymakers.
Mr. Richards confirmed the organization is representing Mr. Cornwell, a paramedic who works for a charity, and the second unnamed man but not the third British national.
Mr. Richards said while there were “no official charges as such”, the two men’s detention was understood to be over a weapon in a safe in Mr. Cornwell’s room, which he said was stored with a license issued by the Afghan interior ministry.
“That license is missing,” he said, adding: “But we have taken several statements from witnesses who have seen the license and affirm its existence.
“It is perfectly possible that during the search the license was separated from the weapon and, as such, why we refer to this scenario as a probable misunderstanding.”
The third man is understood to be Miles Routledge, 23, from Birmingham, who was evacuated from Afghanistan by British Armed Forces in August 2021.
The former Loughborough University student has attracted attention by traveling to dangerous countries and posting about it on social media.
He previously shared that he chose Afghanistan because he enjoyed “dark” and “extreme” tourism.
Following his extraction from the country less than two years ago, he told the BBC he was “exhausted but relieved” and thanked the British Army who had been deployed to support the evacuation of UK nationals from Kabul.
Mr. Richard told Sky News: “To our knowledge and awareness, we do believe they are in good health and being well treated.
“We have no reason to believe they’ve been subject to any negative treatment such as torture and we’re told that they are as good as can be expected in such circumstances.”
He added that there has been “no meaningful contact” between authorities and the two men Presidium is assisting.