Kidnapped passengers in good health: official
QALAT (Pajhwok): Local security officials on Wednesday said passengers kidnapped by gunmen in southern Zabul province were in good health and they were trying to release them.
Gunmen seized as many as 30 passengers from vehicles in Noorak area on the outskirts of Qalat City, the provincial capital, and took them away.
Some sources put the number of those kidnapped at 30, but others between 20, 17 or 14.
Zabul police chief Brig. Gen. Mirwais Noorzai told Pajhwok Afghan News they had intensified their efforts at freeing the captives and two groups of tribal elders who were sent to negotiate their release had been assured the detainees were in good health.
The armed men had promised the release of 10 people on receiving 8.4 million afghanis in compensation for losing 420 sheep, he said.
An elder, who was among the two groups, said on the condition of anonymity that the captives had been shifted to Nawa district of Ghazni province.
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