Freed Turkish engineers reach Ghazni
GHAZNI CITY (PAN): Four Turksih engineers kidnapped by the Taliban eight months ago were released overnight after the mediation of tribal elders and were handed over to Turkish Embassy representatives in southern Ghazni province.
Abducted last December from Patan district of southeastern Paktia province, their release was made possible with the intervention of Haji Zahir, a local elder in Ghazni.
Haji Zahir, who mediated between the Taliban and Turksih embassy officails, confirmed to Pajhwok Afghan News that he had recieved the four Turkish nationals from the Tlaiban in Mani-Kando area of Gayan district of Paktika late last night.
The influitial said he was approached by the Taliban two months ago. He was asked to contact the Turksih emebassy for the release of the four.
Following hectic efforts, Zahir said he managed to secure the release of the foreign nationals, who were handed over to Turkish embassy officials at the PRT office in Ghazni.
A resident of Deh-Yak district, Haji Zahir also had a crucuial role in the release of 21 Korean abductees in Ghazni province three years ago.
A turkish engineer named Matin Awq, told Pajhwok Afghan News the Taliban treated them humanly. "We were released in compliance with a decree from Ameer-ul Momineen Mullah Mohammad Omar. We are pleased to be joining our families after eight months."
The Turkish engineers were working at a new ANA military base in Patan district when abducted.
Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the engineers were released in deference to Eidul-Fitr and Islamic brotherhood.
Mujahid, who denied the involvement of Taliban in the abduction last year, ruled out any deal for the release.
The International Committee of the Red Cross has also helped in the release.
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