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Kidnapped Sar-i-Pul passengers released

Kidnapped Sar-i-Pul passengers released

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Apr 14, 2015 - 18:19

SAR-I-PUL (Pajhwok): Eight passengers abducted by Talibaninfo-icon on Bulkhab-Sancharak highway in northern Sar-i-Pul province have been released following hectic efforts by local elders, officials said Tuesday.

Assadullah Khuram, provincial council member, told Pajhwok Afghan News three of the abducted men had been released last week and the rest released recently.

Khuram said the Bukhab-Sancharak highway had become insecure over the last one year and has witnessed many kidnapping cases. “If the government does not pay attention to this area security situation tends to worsen,” he warned.

Sayed Ibrahim, a local elder who mediated the release of abducted persons with Taliban, said: “Taliban had warned the Balkhab residents not to cooperate with the government.”

Mohammad Haidar, one of the released passengers, said they were kidnapped without any reason.

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