Offbeat Indian engineers kidnapped in Afghanistan

20:55  06 may  2018
20:55  06 may  2018 Source:   bbc.com

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Two Indian engineers kidnapped in Afghanistan earlier this month are now free, following negotiations by the Afghan government. But Mr. Jalali says the kidnappers had no affiliation with the insurgents.

The Taleban have been responsible for a number of abductions of engineers , including several Turks and Indians , in southern Afghanistan . Two Indians working on a road in southern Zabul province were kidnapped in 2003 but released unharmed two weeks later.

Afghan soldiers patrol Dand-e-Ghori district in Baghlan province in 2016: Afghan security forces struggle to control parts of Baghlan province © Getty Images Afghan security forces struggle to control parts of Baghlan province

Seven Indian engineers have been kidnapped in Afghanistan along with their Afghan driver, police say.

Gunmen grabbed them from a vehicle on the outskirts of the Baghlan provincial capital, Pul-e Khomri, on Sunday.

No group has said it carried out the kidnapping. However, provincial governor Abdul Hai Nemati told Tolo TV that the Taliban was responsible.

Kidnappings are a serious problem in Afghanistan where large areas are blighted by gangs or militant groups.

Provincial council chairman Mohammad Safdar Mohseni said the group had ignored warnings to take a police escort through an area largely controlled by the Taliban.

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KABUL (Reuters) - Seven Indian engineers and an Afghan national working for a power plant in northern Baghlan province of Afghanistan were kidnapped on Sunday, officials said. Kidnapping of locals for extortions are common in Afghanistan .

Kabul, December 7 Three Indian engineers were kidnapped on the highway between the Afghan capital and the main southern city of Kandahar, a Abuja: India is “closely monitoring’’ the situation following the kidnapping of its engineers in Afghanistan and is in touch with the authorities there.

Indian officials in Kabul said the engineers worked for the Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat company that operates a power station in northern Baghlan.

"We are in contact with the Afghan authorities and further details are being ascertained," a spokesman for Indian external affairs said.

In 2011, 12 Iranian and Afghan engineers were kidnapped while working on a road project in western Afghanistan.

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They were released after local tribal elders acted as mediators with Taliban insurgents.

Last year, a Finnish woman working for a Swedish aid group was kidnapped from a Kabul guesthouse and released some months later.

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