Former British embassy driver badly overwhelmed in Kabul | Afghanistan

A former worker of the British embassy in Kabul has been badly overwhelmed at his house by 5 armed males, in an assault linked to his 11 years working with UK diplomats in Afghanistan.

The British embassy driver, one in every of about 150 staff who utilized to be evacuated in Could, was at house together with his household in a village on the outskirts of Kabul final Thursday when 5 masked males got here to his home and attacked him, hitting him with their Kalashnikovs.

The attackers advised him that they had info he was nonetheless working for a world organisation. “I advised them I wasn’t. They mentioned: if we discover out you might be nonetheless working for these individuals, we’ll come again and kill you and your loved ones,” he mentioned, talking by phone via an interpreter.

The driving force, 44, who has requested for his identify to not be printed, mentioned his youngsters, spouse and neighbours noticed the assault, and at the moment are too afraid to depart their homes.

X-rays confirmed his hand had been damaged in two locations and his cranium fractured in three locations. He mentioned everybody within the village knew he had labored for the British embassy, and it was inconceivable to maintain it secret. “Kids ask one another what their fathers do. Why ought to they lie about it?” he mentioned.

He didn’t report the assault to the police, believing that the Taliban-run police wouldn’t have helped him.

Whereas he didn’t know the attackers, he suspected they had been affiliated to the Taliban. 5 years in the past he had been focused by Taliban militants due to his work with the British embassy, and was advised he ought to go away his job. His son was hit within the head when a gun was fired throughout that assault, struggling mind injury.

A Taliban patrol in Kabul. The previous driver mentioned he didn’t report his assault as he anticipated no assist from the Taliban. {Photograph}: Jorge Silva/Reuters

Final month a pregnant Afghan policewoman was reported to have been killed by the Taliban, and there have been many different studies of assaults on individuals who labored for worldwide organisations and the earlier regime. Taliban officers have denied accountability, citing the amnesty they introduced for workers of the earlier administration. It’s not clear whether or not these assaults are formally organised and state sanctioned, or the work of fractured teams that know they’ll act with impunity.

The driving force labored for the embassy for 10 years underneath a contract with G4S after which for 18 months in the identical position employed by the Canadian safety agency GardaWorld, which took over the embassy contract final 12 months. He and about 150 colleagues utilized to be evacuated in Could underneath the UK Ministry of Defence’s Afghan relocations and help coverage, however his software was refused on the grounds that British embassy staff employed via subcontracted organisations weren’t eligible for assist.

The overseas workplace reversed that place in August, saying: “We are going to assist all these Afghan safety guards contracted via GardaWorld to guard the embassy. They are going to be granted the appropriate to enter the UK and we at the moment are working via the difficult logistics of getting them out of Kabul.” Nevertheless the evacuation course of stopped earlier than the guards may go away Afghanistan, with just one guard managing to make it to the UK.

The International Workplace mentioned: “Our employees labored tirelessly to facilitate the swift evacuation of British nationals, Afghan employees and others in danger. We proceed to make each effort to allow these eligible to come back to the UK to come back right here.”

A GardaWorld supply expressed remorse on the information {that a} former member of employees had been attacked.

All of the British embassy-contracted employees had been dismissed in August when the embassy closed, and plenty of are struggling financially. One former embassy guard, who was sacked in Could after 12 years’ service, mentioned he and his household had been evicted from their house as they may not pay their hire. “We’re passing essentially the most tough days of our lives each financially and mentally. Please move on our considerations and difficulties to the related authorities and evacuate us earlier than we additional plunge into disaster,” he wrote in an electronic mail.

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