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18 abducted tribal elders freed in Kunar

18 abducted tribal elders freed in Kunar

Feb 26, 2011 - 16:08

ASADABAD (PANinfo-icon): Eighteen tribal elders abducted by the Talibaninfo-icon in eastern Kunar province a month ago have been freed, police said on Saturday.

The rebels seized 24 tribal elders in the Marawara district a month ago for allowing their children to join Afghan security forces and seek jobs with international troops.

Six of them were freed three days later while the rest were held captives until Friday, deputy police chief, Col. Abdul Saboor Allahyar, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

The release came as a result of efforts by influential individuals, the police official said, adding the elders were freed without any deal.

Haji Syed Kamal, one of the released elders, said the insurgents held them in captivity for a month. He added they were asked to prevent their sons from working with foreign forces and Afghan government.

"Some of the elders accepted the demand and asked their sons to quit jobs, and others promised to do so," he said.

A Taliban leader in the area, Qari Ziaul Rahman, told Pajhwok Afghan News a few days ago that they would not free the elders as long as their relatives and villagers did not their quit jobs.


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