19 abducted deminers in Paktia released
GARDEZ (Pajhwok): The 19 deminers who were abducted by militants three days ago were released on Tuesday, officials said.
Zalmai Oryakhail, Paktia police chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News the deminers were released after government officials and local elders’ efforts.
The deminers were employees of Sterling Demining Afghanistan (SDA), and were kidnapped in the vicinity of Gardez.
Based on reports, gunmen had taken the men to Shahi Kot locality of Zurmat district. The kidnappers had also taken four vehicles with themselves.
According to officials, the 36 deminers were busy working in Sarwali locality and when the gunmen arrived, some of them managed to escape.
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