Militants hijack 4 trucks with drivers in Herat
HERATCITY (PAN): Militants have hijacked four trucks carrying food items with their drivers in the western province of Herat, officials said on Sunday.
Gunmen popped up on the road and took away the trucks with their drivers in Pashtun Zarghun district two days ago, the governor's spokesman, Shafiq Bahrozyan, told Pajhwok Afghan News. The fighters had distributed the items among themselves, he said.
The trucks were carrying the food items, including ghee and wheat, to the district centre from Herat city when fighters loyal to a rebel commander, Mullah Abdullah, hijacked them, the district chief, Abdul Rashid Popal, said, adding four drivers were missing and that police had launched a search to find them.
However, he had no details about the food amount and the orgnisation sending it to the district.
The Taliban have asserted responsibility for the seizure, with their spokesman, Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, saying the supplies were for foreign troops and they distributed them to needy people of the area.
The convoy was en rout to Chakhcharan city, the capital of neighbouring Ghor province, from Herat city, when the fighters intercepted it, Ahmadi said, adding 10 drivers and other people aboard were detained and their fate would be determined by the Taliban.
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