A former Hong Kong resident who became a fighter with Afghanistan's Taleban regime is being held in a remote prison cell in the Afghan mountains after he was captured by the country's opposition Northern Alliance. Anwar Khan, a Hong Kong identity card holder and British citizen, lived in the territory in the early 1990s and stood trial here for his alleged part in an armed robbery on a taxi driver in Clear Water Bay Road in January 1994. As armed intervention by the United States and its international partners in the war against terrorism looms, Khan, 25, is being held in a desolate prison cell in the Panjsher Valley - the heartland of the Northern Alliance, which is fighting Taleban rule. It is understood the alliance is asking US$6 million (HK$46.7 million) for his release. He has been held in solitary confinement since 1998. In Hong Kong in January 1994, Khan and three other men, all also surnamed Khan, were accused of holding up a taxi driver at gunpoint near Sai Kung before robbing him and forcing him into the boot of his cab before they fled. The four were arrested after the taxi driver, who was not injured, freed himself and raised the alarm. Khan was charged with possession of a firearm and an imitation firearm but jumped bail and returned to Britain. However, after a year-long extradition battle he was sent back. According to the Department of Justice, when Khan was finally brought to trial in September that year, he pleaded not guilty and was acquitted. It is understood he returned to Britain shortly afterwards. Speaking to the BBC from his cell - which has no electricity, water or sanitation - Khan confessed to having a fascination for firearms and said he received military training in a Taleban-run camp in Afghanistan. He said he would 'shed no tears' over the suicide attacks in America, adding his reasons for joining up were not religious but because of his interest in guns. 'Everyone has a hobby, like a football player. I liked to play with bullets,' he said. Khan said he had not met or been recruited by the world's most wanted man Osama bin Laden and hoped he could be released soon. 'I just want to get out of this mess and go home,' he said. His family, who live in Burnley, northwest England, said he left Britain for Pakistan in 1998 to visit relatives and to get away from drug problems at home. Soon, he had enlisted with the Taleban and after basic training, where he learned to use a Kalashnikov assault rifle, was sent to the frontline. Within weeks he was captured by the alliance. Khan, whose wife Zorah, 27, and four-year-old son Hamza are still living in Burnley, said he hoped publicity would secure his release.