Srinagar: Afghanistan’s government forces have captured a German man during a recent raid on a suspected Taliban bomb-making compound in the southern province of Helmand, media reports quoting Afghan officials said on Thursday.
It appears to be a rare example of a European citizen fighting on the side of the insurgency in Afghanistan.
Reports said that the man was carrying documents identifying him as a German citizen.
As per reports the initial investigation suggested that he was not a prisoner of the insurgents and had been participating in making roadside bombs.
The Afghan military issued photographs of a man in his 40s with a reddish-brown beard and wearing a black turban and traditional Afghan clothes.
An Afghan army statement said the man was detained with other suspects in a joint operation by Afghan special forces and the country’s air force.
“The German national calls himself Abdul Wadood,” reports said. His German name was not released.
The Taliban are claiming they are fighting to drive foreign forces out of Afghanistan.