A British Youtuber and self-styled “danger tourist” is among three British men being held by the Taliban’s feared counter-intelligence unit in Kabul, it has emerged.
Miles Routledge, a 21-year-old from Birmingham who goes by ‘Lord Miles’, has over 140,000 followers on Twitter, where he brands himself as a person who will “go to the most dangerous places on Earth for fun.”
Two other Britons, charity medic Kevin Cornwell, 53, and a second unnamed man who manages a hotel in Kabul, are believed to have been held by Taliban secret police since January following a separate incident.
Routledge was arrested on March 2, along with two Polish nationals named as Adrian Wojcik, 22, and Roman Bilski, 24, and is being held for further questioning, a senior European diplomatic source told The Telegraph.
A Taliban security officer confirmed the arrest of multiple foreigners last week to the Telegraph.
Miles attracted global notoriety in 2021 when he took a “holiday” to Afghanistan shortly before the Taliban takeover. He was subsequently airlifted out of the country by the British Army during the fall of Kabul in August of that year, securing a highly sought after seat on an evacuation flight while thousands of Afghans who had worked alongside Western coalition forces were left behind.
Routledge posted videos and updates to Facebook and 4Chan at the time, and later returned to Afghanistan where he filmed YouTube videos in which he joined a Taliban parade and fired guns with Taliban militants.