Abducted health worker released in Ghor
Acting governor Syed Anwar Rahmati told Pajhwok Afghan News Dr. Ghulam Hussain, hailing from Ghazni province, had been abducted by militants on Thursday last from north of Ferozkoh, the capital of Ghor.
He said fighters loyal to Maulvi Nek Mohammad, a Taliban commander in the Charsada district, had kidnapped the doctor. Security forces and local elders had been able to secure his safe and unconditional release, he added.
Dr. Ghulam Hussain has been associated a World Health Organisation (WHO) polio vaccination campaign for the past six years.
Dr. Ghulam Nabi Yagana, Ghor health director, said health workers were not affiliated with any political party and should not be targeted by any of the warring factions. He insisted health workers should be allowed to perform duty without any fears.
Yagana said four health clinics had been shut within 20 days in Teora and Pasaband districts following Taliban warnings.
Efforts, he said, were underway to reopen these clinics.
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