Six Indians among seven abducted by armed men in Afghanistan
The abduction of Indians took place in Bagh-e-Shamal village of the provincial capital Pul-e-Khomre in northern Afghanistan
New Delhi: Six Indians were among seven people abducted by unidentified armed men from Baghlan province in Afghanistan on Sunday, a development confirmed by India’s foreign ministry in New Delhi.
The Indian nationals are staff members of KEC International Ltd, which recently bagged a Rs226 crore contract in the war-torn country.
In New Delhi, Indian foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said: “We are aware of the abduction of Indian nationals from Baghlan province in Afghanistan. We are in contact with the Afghan authorities and further details are being ascertained.”
The abduction took place in Bagh-e-Shamal village of the provincial capital Pul-e-Khomre in northern Afghanistan. According to local officials quoted by Afghanistan’s TOLO News channel, the incident happened while the people were travelling to the area, where the company owns an electricity sub-station contract.
Local authorities are linking the abduction to the Taliban, however, they are yet to take responsibility for the action.
India’s embassy and consulates in Afghanistan, as well as besides Indian nationals working in the country, have been the targets of suicide attacks and kidnappings.
The Indian embassy in Kabul has been attacked twice—in 2008 and 2009—with dozens of people killed. A car bomb attack in 2008 claimed the lives of two Indian diplomats and two Indo-Tibetan Border Police guards posted at the Indian embassy in Kabul.
Last year, Afghan authorities rescued an Indian engineer abducted by an unknown group in eastern Wardak province. In 2016, Indian aid worker Judith D’Souza kidnapped by unidentified gunmen was rescued. In a third instance, Alexis Prem Kumar, a Jesuit priest from Tamil Nadu, was kidnapped in Herat in 2015 but was later rescued. Four Indians were killed in a Taliban siege on a Kabul guest house in 2015. In 2008, at least two Border Roads Organisation workers were killed by the Taliban while working on a road project in Afghanistan.
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