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A Briton is missing in Afghanistan after a report that he was arrested by the Taliban. Grant Bailey was arrested in Kabul, the Afghan capital, where he worked as a security consultant.

The arrest took place during a security crackdown on the Taliban, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office could not confirm his identity, but a spokesperson said: “We are aware of the detention of a British national in Afghanistan and have been in contact with his family to support him. “

Bailey’s job duties include liaising with the US State Department on security-related matters. He was last heard from on Saturday after being arrested at gunpoint, a UK security source told the Mirror.

The Mirror quoted the source as saying: “We were quite surprised that he returned to Kabul after the Western withdrawal as the security situation there is obviously much worse.

“On top of that, the Taliban government makes it very difficult for the few expats who work there, which makes getting around very difficult. A lot of people are trying to shed light on what happened to him, where he is being held and under what charges. “

Bailey reportedly returned to Kabul in September shortly after the Taliban seized power and the US and British forces withdrew amid chaotic scenes at Kabul airport. His employer has been contacted for comment.

Bailey’s arrest underscores the continuing risks facing the small number of Westerners who continue to work in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, hundreds of Afghans who worked for British organizations, including the BBC, the British Council and British forces, have been forced into hiding since the Taliban took power.

Earlier this month, Joseph Seaton, the former English director of British Council Afghanistan, said of his former colleagues: “These people live in constant fear for their lives. They were hired as part of a UK government funded program to teach English teachers about the UK values ​​of diversity, inclusion and equality, the values ​​that… the Taliban oppose. They were always told they were employees of the British government.

Since the Taliban took power, the UN has warned that 23 million Afghans face hunger due to conflict, drought and an economic downturn.

In October, World Food Program Executive Director David Beasley said: “Afghanistan is now among the world’s worst humanitarian crises, if not the worst, and food security has all but collapsed.


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