British man, wife beaten by Taliban guards while trying to flee Afghanistan

Taliban fighters patrol the streets of Kabul
Taliban fighters patrol the streets of Kabul (AP)

British national and his wife were allegedly brutally beaten by Taliban guards at a checkpoint while they were desperately trying to escape Afghanistan.

The man, who chose not to be identified, told The Independent that he received an email from the British Embassy that told him to head to Baron Hotel in Kabul – where Brits are being taken to evacuating flights.

But unfortunately he and his wife were caught on their way to the hotel.

He told news portal that he was now scared to leave the house because the Taliban were targeting foreign citizens.

He said: “People from the Foreign Office were instructing us to go to the Baron Hotel – but before you get to the Baron there are three Taliban checkpoints.

“We showed them our documents, emails, and our Foreign Office details, but the Taliban attacked us because they knew we were fleeing the country. They said there’s no way we could go to the hotel and that we should go back or they would shoot.”

“My wife escaped from the car and another guy, who had a Kalashnikov, started to beat my wife. I tried to save her from the beating and then he started to beat me as well. We were in so much pain so we told them we would leave.”

Describing the atmosphere in the city, the British man said: “Everyone is scared. Women are not coming out from their homes. Kids are not playing in the street, the streets are empty. The parks are empty and the bazaar is completely closed. There is no way for people to buy credit and reload their phones or get internet.”

He added that all hospitals are empty, there is no one in the hospital because they ran away – so no way to to seek medical help.

The Brit had travelled to Afghanistan in early August for his wedding and had booked flights for next week to return to the UK with his new wife, according to The Independent.

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