Logar tribal elders freed; payment of ransom ruled out
PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): Kidnappers have released the four tribal elders abducted in the volatile Azra district of central Logar province, an official said on Tuesday.
Two days earlier, the elders were snatched by unknown gunmen from their cars in the Spin Jumat area of the district.
Hameedullah Hamid, Azra district chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News the militants freed the four men today. Influential figures negotiated with the captors in the regard, he said.
Abdul Walid, a provincial council member from Azra district, confirmed the tribal elders returned to their homes in the morning. He alleged the Taliban had kidnapped locals in the past as well.
While denying the payment of ransom, he asked the government to ensure highway security so that people could feel safe travelling from one area to another.
However, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid denied the group’s involvement in kidnapping the elders. “Sometimes Afghan Local Police (ALP) forces stop people and take them hostage in Azra,” he claimed.
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