Taliban kidnap 8 civilians from Wardak mosque
Attaullah Khogyani, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News that militants had abducted the men from Syed Abad district and shifted them to undisclosed location. The men were taken from a mosque when they were offering Tarawih prayers.
A local resident wishing not to be named said local elders decided two days ago that no one of the village would perform any anti-state or terrorist activity.
The militants kidnapped the elders due to that agreement that reached among the village people, he added.
Leading religious leaders and others in the area had started efforts for early release of the people, the governor spokesman said.
Separately, Kochi tribe had demolished at least six houses of Hazara community in Aimerdad district, Khogyani said, adding that Kochi tribe torched the houses last night with the support of Taliban.
Kochi-Hazara fighting occurred for the first time during the year. The fight between the two tribes took four lives in recent past. President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani nominated Sibghatullah Mujadadi as head of commission to resolve dispute between the two tribes.
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