4 abducted passengers still in Taliban’s captivity:
Provincial police chief Brig. Gen. Zalmai Oryakhel told Pajhwok Afghan News some of the abducted passengers in southeastern Paktia province had been released after an operation carried out on Saturday but Taliban claimed they released some of the passengers by their own.
He said that provincial council members had been tasked to ensure safe release of the remaining abductees.
Mohammad-ur-Rahman Qadari, secretary of provincial council and a local resident of the district, said five passengers were still in Taliban’s custody and they were mediating to ensure early release of the abductees.
He said that kidnapped included civilians and government employees. Zabihullah Mujahid, Taliban spokesperson, said militants had set free all abductees after their investigations except two government employees.
Rahim Gul, a resident of the area, said hundreds of Taliban fighters had blocked the roads searching passengers’ vehicles and later took dozens of passengers with them.
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