7 Indian engineers kidnapped in Afghanistan
This is not a scene from the bollywood movie TIGER ZINDA HAI… Seven Indian civilians and their Afghan driver were abducted on Sunday in the Afghan province of Baghlan, an Afghan government official said.
The Associated Press quoted Baghlan Governor spokesman Mahmood Haqmal as saying that unidentified gunmen kidnapped seven electrical engineers on Sunday near Pol-e-Khomri, Baghlan’s capital.
The engineers were heading to a power plant, said the source.
For his part, Abdul Hay Nemati, governor of Baghlan Province, said the Taliban Movement is responsible for the kidnapping. He added, in a statement to the press, that he contacted “Taliban”, through the inhabitants of the region. He also stated that the Movement confirmed the abduction of the engineers. The Taliban told him they mistakenly believed the seven Indians were public servants.
The Afghan authorities are trying to free the kidnapped engineers, through mediators and tribal leaders, according to Nemati.