KABUL: The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) released five British individuals after nearly six months in captivity, the IEA spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid said in a tweet Tuesday.
The men have been held captive on charge of violating the Afghan laws and traditions, Mujahid who is also the Deputy Minister of Information and Culture (MoIC) said. “The British nationals were detained six months ago for violating the country’s laws and the traditions of the Afghan people, who were released, following a series of meetings between the two countries officials,” Mujahid added.
The released men pledged to remain committed to the laws of the country and traditions and culture of the Afghan people, said the spokesman. “Afghanistan is now secure for all. Anyone can visit Afghanistan for aid works or tourism purposes,” he twitted.
A Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office spokesperson said, we welcome and appreciate the release by the current administration of Afghanistan of 5 British nationals who were detained in Afghanistan.
“These British nationals 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”.
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, spokesman added.
The Kabul Times