Iranian citizen released in Nimroz after spending a month in captivity
ZARANJ (Pajhwok): An Iranian national,who was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen a month ago in northwestern Nimroz province, was freed on Wednesday, a senior police official said.
Syed Reza, a transit truck driver transferring goods from the Abbas Port to Nimroz, had been abducted while coming out of a public bathroom in Zaranj, the provincial capital.
Provincial police chief, Brig. Gen. Dilawar Shah, told Pajhwok Afghan News Reza was rescued in Qabaristani locality of Zaranj and handed over to Iranian border guards.
With security forces investigating the incident, no one has been detained so far in connection with the kidnapping. The police chief gave no further details about the Iranian’s release.
Another security official, meanwhile, said: “When police chased the kidnappers, Reza was thrown out of the vehicle.” The abductors had asked Reza’s family for a ransom of 10 million afghanis, the source revealed.
Custom officials in Nimroz say around 200 truckloads of imported commercial goods arrive from Iran on a daily basis, with 40 percent transported by Iranian vehicles.
Residents of Nimroz, concerned at rising kidnapping cases, fear entrepreneurs may withdraw their investments from the province.
They say 11 kidnap and four murder cases have been recorded during the past two months. A child, a civilian, and an appellate court officer are among the dead.
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