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Taliban arrests British ex-serviceman Ben Slater, leaves Kabul with officers: report

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Ben Slater, a former soldier in the Royal Military Police, runs a chain of NGOs in Afghanistan.

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A diplomatic source told AFP on Tuesday that a British former soldier who was detained by the Taliban in Afghanistan has left Kabul with British officials.

Ben Slater, 37, left for Doha with top British envoys to hold talks with senior Taliban officials.

The Sun tabloid reported that Slater’s evacuation was directly supervised by British Defense Minister Ben Wallace.

According to The Daily Telegraph, Slater, a former soldier in the Royal Military Police, runs a series of NGOs in Afghanistan.

He was briefly detained by the Taliban last month as he was trying to evacuate 400 of its Afghan workers to Pakistan after failing to secure places on a British airlift.

He was asked why unmarried women were staying in hotels without a husband.

The Islamists then released Slater but said he could only take one staff member across the land border while ordering the others to return to Kabul.

Slater urged the Foreign Office in London to help evacuate its staff from the country after an “absolute disaster” at the border.

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