Taliban Releases Five UK Citizens After 6-Month of Detention

The Taliban have freed five UK nationals after nearly six months in captivity after an agreement reached between Kabul and London.

Taliban Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said Tuesday that the detainees were released on Sunday following a series of meetings between Afghan and UK officials.

In a series of tweets, Mujahid said that a number of UK nationals were released, who were arrested about six months ago for “violating the laws and traditions of the Afghan people.”

However, Mujahid refrained from providing details about what laws the UK citizens had broken that caused their detention.

Meanwhile, London confirmed the release of its five citizens but did not reveal their identities or when they were released.

“Pleased the UK has secured the release of 5 British nationals detained in Afghanistan. They will soon be reunited with their families. I am grateful for the hard work of British diplomats to secure this outcome,” UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss wrote on twitter.

In a separate statement, the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) said that the five “had no role in the UK government’s work in Afghanistan and traveled to Afghanistan against the UK Government’s travel advice. This was a mistake.”

The FCDO furthered, “on behalf of the families of the British nationals, we express their apologies for any breach of Afghan culture, customs or laws, and offer their assurance of future good conduct.”

“The UK government regrets this episode,” it added.

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