Brit missing in Afghanistan after being seized at gunpoint by Taliban extremists

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A British man has gone missing in Afghanistan after being seized at gunpoint by the Taliban.

Grant Bailey, in his 50s, was arrested by Taliban police on Saturday, during a security clampdown in the nation’s capital of Kabul.

It is feared that Bailey, who was working for a Non-Government Organisation (NGO) in Afghanistan, is being held in one of Kabul’s notorious prison complexes.

It is believed he had worked for some years in the country and returned recently, despite the breakdown in security and the western withdrawal.

Foreign Office officials are urgently trying to locate where the married worker is being held – and who exactly has him.

A UK security source told the Daily Mirror he was last heard from on Saturday and had been arrested at gunpoint.

The source said: “We were quite surprised he went back to Kabul after the western withdrawal as the security situation there is obviously much worse.

“Added to that, the Taliban government is making it very difficult for the few expats working there, making it very difficult to travel.

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“A lot of people are trying to get to the bottom of what has happened to him, where he is being held and under what charges.”

It is believed that Bailey, who is from southern England, returned to Afghanistan in September, just weeks after the Taliban takeover.

The new Taliban government took over running Afghanistan shortly after storming the capital in August, sparking a mass withdrawal of western troops, support staff and Afghans who aided them.

The Taliban takeover effectively ended 20 years of war against NATO forces, during which 457 British troops were killed.

And the Taliban are engaged in a brutal clampdown on anyone who helped western forces, such as translators and other security workers, with many Afghans going missing, presumably having been killed.

At the same time, ISIS is growing in Afghanistan and ironically the Taliban are fighting against the insurgent force.

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