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An Afghan sniper who had served with British special forces in the war-torn country was hunted down by the Taliban on Monday and killed in front of his family, according to a former UK army colonel.

The victim, a father of five children, identified only as “N” to protect his surviving kin, allegedly murdered him after being one of hundreds of Western allies left behind during a disastrous evacuation effort. Went.

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“He [had] He went into hiding because of the danger he faced,” said former British Colonel Ash Alexander-Cooper, who was once a senior adviser to the Afghan Ministry of Internal Affairs. Times of London.

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“But they found him, and he was shot several times, killed in front of his family,” said Alexander-Cooper, who served eight tours in Afghanistan, including at least one with an “N.” Was.

The former army officer said the killer sniper was in a “very effective” elite Afghan squad – known as CF333 – that was “advised by the British”.

The outlet said that “N” tried to evacuate from his homeland after the Taliban came to power, fearing he would be targeted as an “ally”, but he was one of hundreds when the US And the British soldiers left.

Alexander-Cooper told the UK Times, “It was entirely predictable that this would happen to everyone who had been given no guidance.”

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He said the killing proved that the Taliban’s announcement of an apology for those working against the Islamic fundamentalist group was merely a “fantasy”.

The UK newspaper said an interpreter who had failed to extract even after helping British forces was abducted and brutally beaten up by a 25-member squad of Taliban soldiers.

The man, identified as Sharif Karimi, 31, a married father of four children, said he was kept in a small cell with barely any oxygen for four days.

The report said he was eventually released as local elders intervened and his family managed to pay a ransom of $21,500.

The UK Defense Ministry told the UK newspaper that the country’s armed forces “were able to evacuate more than 15,000 people from Kabul.

“Sadly, we were not able to evacuate all of us in the limited time available to us,” the department said, emphasizing that “its commitment to Afghanistan and those who support our mission is upheld.”

“We will continue to work with international partners to ensure they have a safe passage out of Afghanistan,” the defense ministry said.