Militants seize dozens of passengers in Faryab
MAIMANA CITY (Pajhwok): Gunmen on Wednesday kidnapped dozens of passengers from at least four vehicles on a major highway in northern Faryab province, officials said.
A security official, wishing anonymity, Pajhwok Afghan News the passengers were snatched from a 404 public transport bus and three corolla cars on the Mazari-i-Sharif-Maimana highway.
He said the passengers were travelling to Maimana city, Faryab’s capital, from Kabul and Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh provinces, when they were taken hostage by suspected militants in Mirza Qam area of Qara Qul district.
There were some 55 to 60 passengers onboard the vehicles and the gunmen took them to an unknown location, he said.
However, a government source said the passengers had been released by their captors after searching them. However, he did not know if the hostages included government officials.
Faryab provincial council head Mohammad Tahir Rahmani confirmed the incident but said it was not clear as to who were involved -- militants or robbers.
Abdur Razaq, who owns a medicine store in Maimana, was one among the hostages. One of his family members said they did not know Razaq’s fate as yet.