A YouTube “dangerous tourist” who spent several months living with his “trusted friends” the Taliban is among four British men who have been freed in Afghanistan.
Miles Routledge, a 23-year-old YouTube star who goes by the name ‘Lord Miles’, was one of four UK prisoners who were freed by the Taliban on Tuesday after spending months ‘living in the lap of luxury’ during their stay as a prisoner. .
Charity doctor Kevin Cornwell, 53, who was arrested during a raid on a Kabul hotel in January accused of espionage, was also freed after months of pleas from his wife.
The identities of the other two men are still unknown. UK non-profit humanitarian group Presidium Network said they were “relieved” by the news.
‘They’re coming home! Thank you all for your support of these men during this difficult period. “We’re all relieved,” he said.organization said in X, previously Twitter.
Miles Routledge (pictured) allegedly lived in the lap of luxury while a prisoner of the Taliban
Kevin Cornwell (pictured) was accused of being a spy after Taliban agents allegedly found an illegal firearm in a safe in his hotel room.
Cornwell was accused of being a spy after Taliban agents allegedly found an illegal firearm in a safe in his hotel room.
But Routledge’s family had previously said they had no idea why he was being held.
At least a dozen foreigners or dual nationals were believed to be detained in Afghanistan, but authorities have not acknowledged any arrests.
The UK Foreign Office apologized to the Afghan authorities for “any breach of the country’s laws”.
A statement from the department said: ‘We welcome and appreciate the release by the current Afghan administration of four British nationals who were detained on accusations of violating the laws of Afghanistan.
Over the past few months in ‘prison’, Miles Routledge is said to have been in talks with Taliban officials about a gold mine, as he apparently has ‘picnics and dinners with senior brass’.
‘Dangerous tourist’ Miles Routledge from Birmingham was arrested on March 2 by Islamic extremist group fighters
MailOnline has obtained the last photograph he took before being detained, which shows Miles Routledge (left), 23, giving a thumbs up as he stands next to a Taliban member holding an automatic rifle.
One of Miles’ friends, who asked not to be named, said: “I’m very worried about Miles now. No one has heard from him in weeks after he said he would be arrested for withdrawing money from a Western Union. Miles appears on the photo meeting a Taliban fighter in one of his YouTube videos.
Charity doctor Kevin Cornwell (pictured), 53, and an unnamed British hotel manager are among other prisoners held by the Taliban.
“On behalf of the families of British citizens, we express our apologies to the current administration of Afghanistan for any violation of the country’s laws,” the spokesperson added.
Routledge’s mother previously told MailOnline she had no idea of his whereabouts as her only contact is following his social media posts.
“Of course, I’m very worried, but I don’t know anything or what happened to him,” Susan Routledge said.
‘No one has been in contact with me. Neither the Ministry of Foreign Affairs nor anyone else has contacted me. I just hope he’s safe and nothing happens to him.’
The former physics student, from Birmingham, is known for traveling to offbeat destinations and posting his experiences on social media.
He was evacuated from Afghanistan in August 2021 by the British military when the Taliban retook the country, but later returned and was arrested by Taliban forces in March.
The 23-year-old shared footage of himself firing an assault rifle given to him by a Taliban fighter. The video has since garnered over a million views on Miles’ YouTube channel.
Dangerous Tourist: Miles is shown hanging from the gun of a Russian tank with its ‘Z’ insignia during one of his trips abroad.
Routledge was reportedly in talks with Taliban officials about a gold mine, as he apparently has “picnics and dinners with his superiors.”
Last month, a friend of his took over his X account and tweeted: “Miles is in a guest house and not a real prison, so he feels very comfortable.”
The anonymous friend added that the “prison” is more like a hotel, as Miles has access to an Xbox, orders takeout, and has a “servant.” According to the friend, the Taliban are fans of Lord Miles’ book and think he is a “dumb guy.”
The friend said he can’t post photos of Miles “for obvious reasons” and said this could lead to speculation that “he’s dead.” But he added that people “have no idea what Lord Miles is capable of thriving on.”
The thrill seeker’s friend said: “At first, like all of you, I was worried he was fighting somewhere bad, but then he described how the Taliban like the movie Titanic and Rambo 3.”
He added that Miles is writing his second book titled: ‘Lord Miles’ Holiday in the Taliban Prison’.
‘If he wants eggs, his servants buy him eggs, if he doesn’t like a dish, they buy him pizza. When we called him, he told him “a lovely holiday”.
“When we learned of the similar conditions at his hotel, Miles said: ‘I will consider British ambassador to Afghanistan if the king asks me nicely.’