Protesters want abducted passengers released
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of civil society activists on Thursday held protest in capital Kabul demanding immediate release of 30 passengers abducted by gunmen some days back in southern Zabul province.
The protest was headed by Young Activists Network for Reform and Change (YANRC). The participants chanted slogans against the perpetrators and expressed solidarity with kidnapped individuals.
Local security officials alleged Mullah Mansoor Dadullah, head of local militants’ group, behind abduction of passengers. One of the kidnapped passenger was freed on Wednesday and tribal elders had stepped up efforts to ensure release of rests of captives.
Earlier, the men were seized in Pash Kandi area on the road between western Herat province and Kabul at around 5pm on February 24, Mohammad Ullah Ahmadi, the district police chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
He said unidentified armed men forced 30 passengers off a 303 public transport bus, but identity of the hostages could not be ascertained.
Initial investigation showed the passengers were Afghan refugees returning from neighboring Iran, he added.
Security forces had launched their investigation into the abduction and had detained some suspects, the police official said, adding the hostages had been moved to the Arghandab district.
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