Taliban kill 1 of 4 kidnapped footballers in Herat
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): The Taliban have killed one footballer, released two and kept a fourth in captivity in western Herat province, an official said on Tuesday.
Police spokesman Abdul Rauf Ahmadi told Pajhwok Afghan News the Taliban kidnapped the four footballers late on Monday from Shindand district.
Some locals said the footballers were taken from a playground about 50 metres from police and Afghan National Army (ANA) check-posts. Security officials in their posts did not attempt to rescue the players.
Shir Agha, an eyewitness, also accused security forces of negligence, saying Taliban gunmen arrived in a vehicle in the area and kidnapped the boys, but security forces didn’t stop them.
Separately, a construction engineer with a private company, has been abducted by unknown gunmen in Dara-i-Suf Payen district of northern Samangan province, the town’s administrative chief, Fakhruddin Mubarez, said.
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