UK MoD statement on detainees in Afghanistan

We can confirm that two British passport holders were detained in an ISAF operation conducted jointly last week by UK forces with Afghans in support. The individuals, a male and a female, are currently being held in a secure facility in Kandahar for questioning.

Detention operations are a vital element of protecting UK, ISAF and Afghan forces and Afghan civilians from those who are assessed to pose a threat regardless of their nationality. All detention operations in Afghanistan carried out under the remit of the UN mandated International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), which includes those conducted by British Forces, are conducted in accordance with international law and strict policy frameworks.

No further information will be released at this stage.