British danger tourist held by Taliban in Afghanistan boasted of deals with militant ‘Talibros’
A DANGER tourist captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan previously boasted about doing business with the militants.
Miles Routledge, one of three Britons being held by the group’s secret police, joked about “networking with the Talibros” as he posed for a photo with a group of militants earlier this year.
Home Secretary Suella Braverman confirmed yesterday that the government is negotiating his release with medical charity Kevin Cornwell and a British hotel manager.
YouTuber Miles, who had to be flown out of the country by British forces after the fall of Kabul in 2021, is believed to have been arrested after a business deal went awry.
Two years ago, he was criticized for his Afghanistan vacation after googling “the most dangerous cities to visit.”
Miles, 23, from Birmingham, boasted on business networking site LinkedIn. During his travels he was also posed with weapons (main image and below).
A source said: “Miles is a go-getter and has clearly been trying to befriend Taliban fighters personally and professionally. Many at home would call it sheer recklessness and it backfired on him.”
Married father Kevin, 53, from Middlesbrough, was arrested in January in a hotel raid by Secret Service officials who accused him of possessing an illegal weapon.
The hotel’s British manager, who was not named, was also detained. Two of the men were able to make a two-minute unsolicited phone call to their families.
Scott Richards of the Presidium Network crisis support group said: “This is a milestone for any negotiations with the Taliban because we have never seen this privilege before.
“The men are treated fairly. It was clearly an important and emotional call. The details are private but we understand a great relief for the families.
“The relief expressed by Kevin’s family after hearing his voice for the first time in three months without knowing if he was okay brought a sense of peace and gave them hope that this situation will be resolved soon .”
Asked yesterday whether it was irresponsible to travel to Afghanistan under the Taliban regime, Ms Braverman told Sky News show Sophy Ridge on Sunday: “Anyone traveling to dangerous parts of the world should exercise extreme caution.
“The government is in negotiations and is working hard to keep people safe.”
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