Armed police ‘arrest Afghan special forces commando at Manchester hotel where he was quarantining with his family after being evacuated from Kabul’
An Afghan special forces commando has been arrested by armed police at a Manchester hotel where he was quarantining with his family.
Armed officers stormed the hotel in a pre-dawn raid on or around August 31 or September 1, 그것은 밝혀졌다.
The unnamed individual is still in detention although it is not yet known if he has been charged with a 범죄, Sky News reports.
It raises questions about the quality of vetting of the roughly 8,000 Afghan refugees who were airlifted to the UK from Kabul after Joe Biden’s rapid withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The motivation for the arrest is not being shared by the authorities and the Home Office told the Mail Online it is refusing to comment on the case.
Police can hold a suspect for up to 96 hours without charge if suspected of a serious crime – which is extended to 14 days if they have been arrested under terrorism legislation.
It has now been more than a week since the suspect was arrested.
The male suspect had arrived to the UK with his family from an evacuation flight from Kabul (file photo of Kabul evacuation)
The man had arrived to the UK with his family from an evacuation flight from Kabul, 보고서 스카이 뉴스.
The Ministry of Defence declined to comment.
A government spokesperson said: ‘We don’t comment on individual cases’.
The suspect was placed in the hotel as part of Britain’s Covid-19 travel traffic light system, which places Afghanistan on the red list.
It means anyone returning from the country must check into government-mandated quarantine accommodation.
A source said the suspect was taken away in handcuffs following the police raid in the early hours of the morning.
Members of the British armed forces disembark a C-17 aircraft – used to evacuate Brits and others from Kabul – after landing at Brize Norton
When contacted for comment, Greater Manchester Police referred the request to the Home Office.
MPs and former military leaders previously called on the government to create a new regiment in the British Army for Afghan special forces – just like the Gurkhas.
Ministers are considering suggestions on how to best utilise the skills of hundreds of Afghan commandos, who UK troops helped train, who in the UK on the last evacuation flights from Kabul.
The move had support from veterans in Parliament as well as the former head of Army.
The Daily Telegraph reported that Afghans already enrolled at Sandhurst, who were due to join the Afghan National Army, could now join the British Army instead.
Chairman of the Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee Tom Tugendhat said the personnel should be welcomed into the Army.
MPs and former military leaders have called on the government to create a new regiment in the British Army for Afghan special forces
토리 MP, who served in Afghanistan, The Telegraph에게: ‘We trained and fought alongside many Afghans who are now in the UK.
‘They’ve proved their loyalty a thousand times.
‘If they want to serve, we should welcome them, I would love to see a regiment of Afghan scouts.’
The UK evacuated more than 15,000 Afghans, British nationals and others from Kabul in just two weeks last month following the Taliban takeover.
주위에 24 hours before the suspect’s arrest, former commander of British troops in 아프가니스탄 Colonel Richard Kemp said the UK faced ‘the greatest danger from terrorism since Islamic State at its height’.
He told Times Radio that the threat could be bigger than that posed by IS and Britain faces an ‘extremely dangerous’ 상태.
He said the 탈레반 ‘will allow and probably encourage jihadists to pour into the country from around the world, who plan, meet, prepare, 기차, organise and carry out strikes against the West from Afghanistan.’
Col Kemp previously urged the Government to raise the threat level to severe as he warned there is an ‘immediately increased threat from British jihadists inspired and motivated by events in Afghanistan’.