A courageous British student was set on fire last week in search of a “threat” to Afghanistan. Deadly chaos in the country.
Mail Routledge, 21, said. Spectator That he chose “the most dangerous countries to visit” after a Google search to travel the troubled nation – despite arriving on Friday even though he was aware of it. Taliban insurgency..
“I like danger,” said the Birmingham student. Told the Times of London.He said he had previously visited the site of the 1986 Russian nuclear disaster in Chernobyl and hoped to visit North Korea.
“I hate lying on the beach, so I wanted to do something different,” he said.
“I was under the impression that the country would not fall for another month, so I thought it would be fine,” he told the outlet.
But he soon began to see piles of corpses in the streets in the wake of the shooting and was stopped. Enter Kabul Airport He claimed during regular updates on 4Chan when Taliban forces tried to flee the country.
I am stuck in Afghanistan. A little pickle, “he said in an update, acknowledging to the UK Times that he had” bitten more than I could chew. “
“I just thought I would be killed by the Taliban, I prepared it for death, I accepted it,” he told his online followers.
Routledge claimed he was first safe in a NATO-controlled safe house in Kabul before posting a video of him on a packed military plane on Tuesday.
“Happy ending: Thanks to the wonderful people in the British Army arrived in Dubai. All safe!” He wrote in an update.
He was then flown back to the UK, where he is currently quarantined in a hotel. Told Business Insider. on Wednesday.
Routledge’s story initially raised suspicions, especially when a friend described it as a telegraph. “Massive attention seekers.”
But Britain’s Office of Foreign Affairs, Commonwealth and Development. Confirmation to The Independent That Routledge was in Afghanistan.
“We are working hard to contact all British nationals we know are in Afghanistan to help them leave the country,” the state agency told the newspaper.
Loughborough University too Confirmation on Twitter That he was “aware of reports that one of our students is currently in Afghanistan” and that he was “in touch”, offering help.
Routledge initially said he had no regrets – but by Wednesday afternoon, his earlier social media posts had been removed, as he had been ripped apart for his foolish “adventure”.
“Saving him means that no one else can be, whether he is an Afghan refugee or a British employee or a journalist.” 0ldoini tweeted.. “He has sentenced someone else to death in order to boast of going to the war zone on 4chan.”
somebody else Called him a “bully.” “Imagine going to a war-torn country – it’s not a bloody amusement park,” he writes.
“It’s easy for him when he can get out, not so much for the poor people living there … he should have left it and given his seat to a poor woman or child,” the author said.
Other people said. “Shame on you“And” designed to reimburse the full cost of evacuation. “
Routledge had previously admitted in some of his interviews that the trip was foolish.
“I knew the dangers, it was a gamble I took despite my confidence and humor,” he told the UK Times.