UNAMA deeply concerned at civilian abductions
KABUL (Pajhwok): The UN assistance mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Thursday said it was s deeply concerned by the spate of abductions, hostage-taking and summary executions carried out in recent days against passengers travelling in civilian vehicles.
Taliban gunmen executed at least 10 men from a group of nearly 200 men, women and children they forcibly removed from three civilian buses on May 30 in Ali Abad district of northern Kunduz province, the mission said in a statement.
UNAMA said many passengers were mistreated by the assailants to identify those with connections to the government or security forces. In addition to 10 men who were subsequently murdered, the fate of a further 10 passengers remained unknown.
In a separate incident yesterday (June 1), armed attackers abducted 25 civilian men and women travelling in two vehicles in Balkh Ab district of northern Sari Pul province.
All passengers were reported to be from the Hazara community while four women and one elderly man were subsequently released, the fate of the 20 others remains unknown.
“Taking civilians hostage is indefensible,” said Nicholas Haysom, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA. “I call for the immediate and unconditional release of all civilians detained and a halt to this horrible practice.”
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