9 held in Turkish engineers' kidnapping case
GARDEZ (PAN): A Pakistani was among nine people arrested on the charge of kidnapping four Turkish engineers in southeastern Paktia province, police said on Wednesday.
Gunmen abducted the four Turkish nationals and their Afghan driver four months ago in the Dandi Patan district.
The driver was freed few days after the adduction, but the Turkish men are still being held in captivity.
Currently being interrogated, cases of the nine suspects had been referred to the attorney office, Paktia police chief, Gen. Abdul Ghafar Sapi, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Initial investigation showed guards of a private security company providing security for projects overseen by the Turkish engineers and the Pakistani worker were involved in the kidnapping saga, the police chief said.
The detainees also included the driver who was freed by the captors. "Police, intelligence officials and provincial council members frequently visit the area where the kidnapping took place, but there is no lead found to the whereabouts of the kidnapped engineers," Sapi said.
The Dandi Patan district chief, Niaz Mohammad Khalil, said that an official delegation had been to the area, but there was no clue.
A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said the Turkish men were in their captivity.
Four days after the abduction, the acting provincial governor constituted a 12-member delegation of tribal elders to secure the release of the abductees with the help of local people in the border region, but there has been no breakthrough so far.
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