Two Britons detained in Afghanistan: government
British forces have detained two British nationals in Afghanistan, authorities in London said Thursday, amid reports they were suspected of fighting with the Taliban.
"We can confirm that British forces have detained two individuals in Afghanistan who claim to be British nationals," the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.
A Foreign Office spokeswoman added: "We can confirm that two British nationals have been detained in Afghanistan."
Neither ministry would confirm reports on the BBC and in Britain's The Sun newspaper that said the pair were suspected of fighting for the Taliban.
The Sun said two men wearing Afghan dress were arrested in the southern province of Helmand, and were being held at a military base.
Britain has about 9,500 troops in Afghanistan as part of international forces fighting the Taliban insurgency.
© 2011 AFP