Afghan evacuee detained in France over alleged Taliban links

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An Afghan man recently evacuated from Kabul has been detained in France over what the government spokesman said were 'links at some point' with the Taliban.

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France has detained an Afghan man it helped evacuate from Kabul as part of an investigation into links with the Taliban, the French government spokesman said on Tuesday, reports FRANCE 24.

The man is believed to be close to another Afghan evacuee who is suspected of working for the Taliban, Gabriel Attal told BFM-TV.

Both had been placed under surveillance on their arrival in France, and the man held was detained for violating the terms of this control measure.

Interior minister Gérald Darmanin told France Info radio that he had left an area he was required to stay in for a "few minutes", insisting there had been no security lapse.

Attal said the main suspect helped in the evacuation of French people from Afghanistan "at an incredibly tense moment and probably saved lives". But he had "links with the Taliban, at some point, and this needs to be specified".

According to a ministerial document seen by AFP, he admitted his membership of the Taliban and said he had worked as the armed head of a Taliban checkpoint in Kabul.

Read more of this AFP report published by FRANCE 24.

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