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Gunmen kidnap principal in Maidan Wardak

Gunmen kidnap principal in Maidan Wardak

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May 22, 2015 - 16:30

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Two masked men abducted principal of technical and vocational institute in central Maidan Wardak province, the head of the institute said on Friday.

Asadullah Noori said that Principal Hikmatullah was bundled into a car from the institute by two masked men on Wednesday. However, local elders have started efforts to ensure safe release of the kidnapped official. 

The kidnapping took place in an area where the institute is situated on one and a half kilometer distance from the governor’s office. The security check post is located at 100-meter distance from the institute.

Sharifullah Hotak, a member of provincial council, said that “unfortunately, it is the first abduction case that took place in the provincial capital.”

Hikmatullah is the resident of Ibrahimkhel, a village close to the provincial capital. He had no personal grudge with anyone, Hotak added.

“I’m not sure who is behind his kidnapping but Hizb-e-Islami and Talibaninfo-icon groups are active in the area,” he said, adding that local elders were playing mediator role to ensure his release.

The governor’s spokesman Attaullah Khogyani confirmed Hikmatullah had been kidnapped by Taliban and local elders were tasked to mediate for his release.

But a student wishing anonymity said: “Two masked men came and they brought Hikmatullah with them.”However, no group so far claimed credit for his abduction.

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