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5 including 2 education officials kidnapped in Faryab

5 including 2 education officials kidnapped in Faryab

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Dec 28, 2015 - 14:32

MAIMANA (Pajhwok): Suspected Talibaninfo-icon have abducted five people, including two employees of the Ministry of Educationinfo-icon, in the northwestern province of Faryab, officials said on Monday.

The militants seized the five individuals from two cars on the highway in Sabz Posh district, the administrative head of the town, Abdul Masoomi, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Some Education Ministry staffers, staying with a colleague the district, wanted to inspect a school in Shirin Tagab on Sunday, but the Taliban captured them on their way to the district.

Faryab Education Director Ghulam Sakhi said the captives were two ordinary employees of the ministry. “The education sector being a non-political entity does not have enmity with anyone. We ask the captors to release them.”

Three of the abductees, residents of Sabz Posh district, were freed on Sunday evening, but the two employees of the ministry were still in Taliban’s captivity, a security official said on condition of anonymity.

A man, introducing himself as Taliban commander in Pashtunkot district, confirmed holding the two people. “If found having no political affiliations, they would be release soon,” he added.

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