An American worker who was taken into Taliban hands and held captive at gunpoint is reported to be missing in Afghanistan.

Grant Bailey was taken into custody by Islamists on Saturday during security measures in Kabul.

The NGO worker, now in his 50s, is believed to be being held at one of the notorious capital prisons.

The married Mr Bailey is from south England. He had previously worked for several years in Afghanistan and was able to return in September following the fall of the Taliban.

The Foreign Office desperately tries to locate him amid growing concerns for his safety.

British worker Grant Bailey (pictured) is missing in Afghanistan after he was reportedly seized by the Taliban and held at gunpoint

British worker Grant Bailey (pictured) is missing in Afghanistan after he was reportedly seized by the Taliban and held at gunpoint

He has not been seen since Saturday when he was arrested by the Islamists during a security crackdown in Kabul (file image) 

An official from the UK said that Mr Bailey was detained at gunpoint Saturday by a security officer.

The men said that they were surprised that he returned to Kabul following the Western withdrawal, as security conditions there are clearly much worse.

The Taliban government has made it difficult for a few expats to work in Afghanistan, which makes travel difficult.

“Many people want to know the truth about what happened, why he was held there and what his charges are.” 

MailOnline received a statement from the Foreign Office stating that it was aware of the detention in Afghanistan of a British national and had been in touch to help them.

Mr Bailey, who is married and from southern England, had worked in Afghanistan for years and returned in September after the Taliban (pictured) seized power

The married Mr. Bailey is from south England. He had lived in Afghanistan for several years, and returned home in September when the Taliban (pictured below) took power.

It comes after a dozen Afghan intelligence officers who spied for British troops say they have been left to the mercy of the Taliban despite being promised safe passage to the UK.

One woman and 11 men worked together for the National Directorate of Security of the country (NDS), which was disbanded in August by Taliban forces after the Taliban seized Kabul. 

These are just a few of the thousands of Afghans or Britons who have not been evacuated from war-torn Afghanistan. 

Afghan intelligence officers who spied for Britain say they have been left at the mercy of the Taliban despite being promised safe passage to the UK. The 11 men and one woman worked for Afghanistan's now disbanded National Directorate of Security (NDS), which conducted surveillance for UK forces. (Above, file image of Afghan security forces escorting suspected Taliban fighters)

Afghan intelligence officers that spied on Britain for Britain claim they were left in the hands of the Taliban, despite having been promised safe passage to Britain. One woman and 11 men were part of Afghanistan’s disbanded National Directorate of Security, which provided surveillance to UK forces. (Above, file image of Afghan security forces escorting suspected Taliban fighters)

It has also been claimed that RAF aircraft evacuating desperate Afghans from the region have been returning to the UK virtually empty. (File photo)

It is also claimed that RAF planes that evacuated desperate Afghans have returned to the UK almost empty. (File photo)

NDS officers carried out surveillance operations on British forces. This included undercover missions for MI5 or MI6 to penetrate groups such as the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. The primary purpose of their work was to find terrorist plots either against the West or in Afghanistan.

They are hiding together with their families, and the operatives range in rank from major general to colonel. British troops gave one officer the ‘Eagle Award’ for bravery in secret missions.

More than 100 NDS officers who were ex-officios have been killed by the Taliban, according to Human Rights Watch.

Susan Mateen of the Afghan Council of Great Britain said that they were prevented from flying out the NDS officials by the suicide bomber attack at Kabul Airport on August 26. Since then, they have been informed that they must cross into Pakistan to be saved.

Ms Mateen said that 12 people served Britain’s counter-terrorism mission loyally, many with 10 years of service. This kept British troops safe from terrorist attack and prevented further attacks. “The British government must save them. However, the UK has left them to the Taliban. 

The Taliban executed dozens more prisoners, and then publicly displayed them in public for extrajudicial executions.

UN reports that the militant group also recruits child soldiers and has been suppressing women’s rights in Afghanistan since August, when it was seized power.

According to the UN Human Rights Council, more than 100 Afghan National Security Forces and others were killed in the aftermath of the coup.

Nada al-Nashif, UN deputy high commissioner for human rights, stated that 50 suspect members of Islamic State-Khorasan Province (an ideological foe by the Taliban) were executed through hanging or beheading. 

More than than 100 former Afghan national security forces and others have been killed since the takeover, the UN Human Rights Council heard

The UN Human Rights Council reported that more than 100 Afghan security forces officers and other former Afghans have been murdered since the takingover.

Al-Nashif expressed concern at the continuing news reports about such murders, despite an amnesty that was declared by Taliban leaders after August 15. 

Eight Afghan journalists, and two journalists, have been murdered since August. Meanwhile, UN officials reported that 59 other unlawful detentions had occurred and threatened their ranks. 

Although many countries have offered aid, which was a significant part of the economy prior to the Taliban’s overthrow, they are reluctant to do so unless the Taliban accepts to be more inclusive.

Meanwhile, reports from Afghanistan have told harrowing stories, such as parents being forced to sell their children to survive, and droughts forcing people from their homes. 

UN warned Afghanistan that over half the population will starve in winter. The problem was made worse by the fact many of its aid agencies having fled Afghanistan as government collapsed. 

Save the Children, an international charity, has asked governments to immediately exempt existing anti-terrorist and sanction policies to enable humanitarian assistance to be delivered.