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Taliban free deminers after 5-day captivity

Taliban free deminers after 5-day captivity

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Apr 27, 2013 - 15:50

KANDAHAR CITY (PANinfo-icon): Nine deminers, who were kidnapped by militants in the Maiwand district of southern Kandahar province last week, were released on Tuesday.

A provincial official said that the Talibaninfo-icon had freed the men after five days of captivity as a result of hectic efforts by local tribal elders and other influential figures. 

Javed Faisal, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the men worked for a non-governmental organisation called Assistance to Mine-Affected Communities (AMAC).

He said the AMAC workers had been seized while conducting a mine-clearing operation in the Karezinfo-icon area of the district without informing local security officials.

Faisal explained the Taliban, who are yet to comment on the issue, had not returned the three walkie-talkies, two vehicles and 22 mine-clearing tools seized from the individuals.

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