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Kidnapper arrested in Laghman

Kidnapper arrested in Laghman

Aug 14, 2011 - 15:49

MEHTARLAM (PANinfo-icon): A kidnappers' gang member was arrested by intelligence agents on the Kabulinfo-icon-Jalalabad highway, an official said on Sunday.

The detainee was part of a 10-member group of kidnappers active on the highway in Qarghayee district, an intelligence source said.   

The man was arrested red-handed while receiving $8,000 (376,000 afghanis) in ransom in the Aziz Khan Kas area of the district. The captive was also released as  a result of the operation.

The gangsters allegedly intercept cars on the highway and kidnap people for ransom. Efforts are being made to arrest other members of the gang, according to the source.

The detainee, Hakeem, told Pajhwok Afghan News he joined the gang recently and it was his first offense. The gang seeks half a million afghanis from a captive's family, he said.

Kidnappings, killings and attacks on the busy highway have increased in recent weeks. The provincial council secretary was kidnapped and the husband of a female MP from Nangarhar killed on the road some months ago.


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