A dozen civilians taken hostage by Taliban in Paktia: Official
GARDEZ (Pajhwok): A local official on Wednesday said accused the Taliban militants of taking a dozen civilians hostage in the Sayed Karam district of southeastern Paktia province.
Niaz Mohammad Khalil, the district’s administrative head, told Pajhwok Afghan News the civilians were taken hostage on Tuesday evening. “They were disembarked from three cars in Badam Kanda area.”
Along with local tribal elders, local officials had launched efforts for securing the release of the civilians, who had been taken to an unknown location, the district chief said.
Ismatullah, a resident of Khand Khel neighbourhood, said the insurgents intercepted cars on the highway and searched passengers late on Tuesday. Later, the Taliban stopped three cars and took all their occupants to an unknown location.
On the other hand, a Taliban source said the hostages were Afghan Local Police (ALP) personnel, not civilians. He did not provide more details about the incident.
In the past also, the insurgents took hostage some residents of the district, but they were released after mediation from tribal elders.
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