TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A German national has been arrested with the Taliban in Afghanistan’s insurgency-racked Helmand province, officials said late Wednesday, a rare example of a European among the insurgents.
“A man with a long beard, wearing a black turban who identified himself as a German citizen and speaks German, was taken along with three other suspected Taliban on Monday night in Gereshk district of Helmand province,” said Omar Zwak, the provincial governor’s spokesman.
A statement from the Afghan army corps in the province confirmed that the man had been detained with other suspects in a joint operation between Afghan Special Forces and the Afghan air force.
“The German national calls himself Abdul Wadood, and he was taken to Kandahar for further investigation,” the statement said.
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