Turkish nationals freed from captivity
SHIBERGHAN (PAN): Two Turkish nationals, working for an Afghan company, were freed after one and a half months in captivity in northern Jawzjan province, an official said on Wednesday.
The men, working for the Paikal Hide Company, were abducted along with two Afghan colleagues by gunmen in Khwaja Du Koh district, an official at provincial police headquarters said on condition of anonymity.
Their Afghan colleagues were freed two weeks after abduction, the source said, adding the kidnappers fled the area prior to the arrival of police.
He said the kidnappers had sought a ransom of about $2 million (94.1 million afghanis) soon after the abduction, Governor Mohammad Alam Sayee told Pajhwok Afghan News.
"When I realised family members of the Turkish citizens could not pay $2 million, I asked the intelligence department to help conduct a rescue operation in the district," he said.
The two were in good health despite being beaten by their abductors, the governor said.
"Ever since the gunmen kidnapped us on motorbikes, they would beat us and shift us from one area to other," said Mohammad Sami Baghdash, one of the captives.
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