Taliban gunmen kidnap 5 passengers in Uruzgan
TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): Suspected militants kidnapped five passengers from vehicles on a highway in central Uruzgan province, officials said on Monday.
One of the passengers was released after the five were snatched from vehicles on the road between Chora and Gizab districts on Sunday, said Dost Muhammad Nayab, the governor’s spokesman.
He told Pajhwok Afghan News the five passengers belonging to the Hazara tribe were civilians and they were heading home when Taliban kidnapped them in Khosh Qader area on the highway.
The official said four passengers remained in captivity and their fate and where abouts were unknown.
Nayab believed the Taliban were kidnapping Hazara people because the Shiites were against rebel activities in their areas.
Uruzgan police chief Abdul Qawi Omari confirmed the incident and said one of the passengers was a policeman and the rest were civilians. He said efforts were being made to rescue them as soon as possible.
Ahmadullah, a resident of Gizab district, said the Taliban had established a check post on the Gizab highway checking anyone travelling on the road.
He said he was going home from university on vacations to Gizab when Taliban gunmen seized him and released him after spending two days captivity.
The Taliban have said nothing about the incident so far.
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