The British student who claimed he was trapped in Kabul after going on holiday to Afghanistan ‘because it was dangerous’ has been ‘evacuated’.
Miles Routledge, 21, said the British Embassy abandoned him in the Afghan capital and he was hiding in a UN safe house after several failed attempts to escape. READ MORE
Routlege from Birmingham visited the country thinking it was safe to visit because the country wouldn’t fall to the Taliban for several months.
On Sunday, August 15, Taliban troops rolled into Kabul, capturing power as Ashraf Ghani fled for his life.
Now, the Loughborough physics student has shared an update, saying he has been rescued from Taliban territory and managed to catch a flight to Dubai.
Routledge wrote on Facebook that he got evacuated around 4ish (it’s 2am now), couldn’t send messages because the cars emitting bomb-setting signals blocked his airpods’ connectivity, which must have blocked all data and wifi.
‘The Taliban let us go through the airport and we met many of them, we had a very long transition period but everyone was smiling and waving at each other; some of us took selfies with them. I woke up to cars going by as I slept on a dirt/gravel road. ‘We’re all happy, hydrated, and ready for some sleep now that we’re in a safe house.’
Afterwards, he wrote an update saying: ‘On the flight out we aren’t allowed any liquids, no razors, and only one bag up to 10kg, so everyone is throwing all their belongings into a pile.
Due to their inability to carry their items, people are donating them to each other. Over 20 protein bars were stuffed into my body armor and bag by some lads. (Right now) Very happy man. I appreciate your efforts, lads.