Brit student, 21, ‘evacuated’ out of Kabul after ‘insane Afghanistan holiday’
A Brit student who claims he was stuck in Kabul after booking a holiday by googling ‘the most dangerous cities to visit’ says he has been evacuated.
Student Miles Routledge, from Birmingham, has been giving updates on social media after saying he was put under the protection of the UN in light of the Taliban takeover.
The Loughborough University undergraduate says he likes to explore the “worst places in the world”, including a trip to Chernobyl two years ago.
But the 21-year-old was under the impression insurgents would not take Kabul anytime soon when he booked his latest holiday, which he described as “dirt cheap”.
In a recent post he has gone on to document what he says is his escape from the city.
He wrote: “Got Evacuated at 4ish (it’s 2am now) with 100 or so other civilians, couldn’t message as there were cars emitting signals that would set off bombs, it blocked my airpods from connecting so I think it blocked all wifi/data.
“The Taliban let us go through the airport and we met many of them, very long transition period but everyone was smiling and waving at one another, some took selfies with them.
“I slept on a dirt/gravel road and woke up as cars went by.
“We’re in a new safe house and we’re all hydrated, happy and ready for a few hours of sleep.”
Earlier in the week, he claimed he had arrived in the country and shared photographs and smiling selfies featuring pictures of markets and local food.
He gained a captive following as he described scenes from his travels on video streaming platform Twitch and message board 4chan over the weekend.
But as the situation worsened, he said he was forced to don a burqa disguise to flee to Kabul International Airport in search of help as the situation in the capital worsened.
He claimed he was confronted by insurgents near the airport who asked him where he was from.
He claims he told them he was from Wales rather than say he was British in hopes they would not realise it is in the UK, and they let him go.
Mr Routledge hosted a livestream after reaching what he said was a safe house, answering followers’ questions about his journey through the turmoil.
He appeared to have arrived in the country in the past week.
Some have cast doubts as to his whereabouts, prompting the physics student to film an Afghan power socket on his livestream, and later produce photos of himself showing documents that apparently proved the dates of his travels.
Speaking to The Sun a friend at Loughborough University said Miles had wanted to do “something weird during summer to show off about” in September.
He said: “Miles is definitely in Afghanistan – 100 per cent. He’s genuinely there. People might think it’s an elaborate hoax but it’s true.
“People told him he was insane. They told him he was a nutcase if he went over there at the moment.
“But I think it just spurred him on. He’s a joker – he just wanted to do something weird during summer to show off about.”
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