Taliban release five British nationals

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Afghanistan has released five British nationals from prison, London said on Monday, adding that they regretted the episode and offered apologies to the authorities in Kabul.

“Joy of the UK has secured the release of 5 British nationals detained in Afghanistan,” Foreign Minister Liz Truss tweeted.

Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office said in a separate statement that the five “had no role in the British government’s work in Afghanistan and traveled to Afghanistan against the British Government’s Travel Council. This was a mistake.”

No further details were given about the British or when they were detained and on what basis.

On February 12, the London government said that a “number of” British citizens were detained and that it had raised the question to the Taliban.

Among them was Peter Jouvenal, a journalist and businessman with a long connection to Afghanistan, who was stopped last December.

The hard Islamist group had released two overseas journalists the day before, including a former BBC correspondent.

FCDO added in its latest statement: “On behalf of the British citizens’ families, we express their apologies for any breach of Afghan culture, customs or laws and offer their insurance on future good behavior.

“The British Government regrets this episode.”

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