A senior US government official has said that US citizens and Afghan interpreters are being held “hostage” by the Taliban on planes trying to leave Afghanistan on evacuation flights.
Michael McCaul, the most senior Republican on the US House Foreign Affairs Committee, said the Taliban are holding six planes preventing them from leaving the country.
McCaul said the Taliban are “holding them hostage” as they will not allow the planes to take off.
McCaul told Fox News, “The Taliban will not let them leave the airport.
“They’re going to demand more and more, whether it be cash or legitimacy as the government of Afghanistan.”
The Taliban grounded the planes in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif on Sunday and an official at the airport claims the majority of the passengers were Afghans.
The official further claimed that many of them did not have visas or passports and they were then forced to leave the airport.
The Taliban are to investigate if they are allowed to leave Afghanistan and they are in hotels pending a decision.