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5 road construction engineers kidnapped in Logar

Security & Crime


5 road construction engineers kidnapped in Logar

Feb 25, 2017 - 13:31

PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): Five engineers of a road construction company have been kidnapped in Mohammad Agha district of central Logar province, an official said Saturday.

Mohammad Agha district chief, Mohammad Nasir Amin told Pajhwok Afghan News that five engineers belonged to the Blobal Construction Company were kidnapped by Talibaninfo-icon militants in Dawlatabad area of the district late on Friday.

He said the engineers were responsible for the construction of Pul Kandahar-Surkhab road. “These individuals traveled to the area without contacting with security forces, all of them were taken hostage along with their vehicles by the Taliban,” he added.

The abductees are kept in Zarghon Shar area of the district and local tribal elders are trying to mediate and help them free from the Taliban, Amin said.

A tribal elder from Surkhab area, Sahib Gul, said they had contacted the Taliban for release of the engineers.

“We are talking about the issue with the Taliban, but our talks did not yield any results so far,” he said.

He asked the Taliban to release the engineers as soon as possible and said the road construction in the area was very important for the people.

Blobal Construction Company’s officials did not share any information about the incident.

A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid said that they were unaware about the incident. “We would investigate about it and would also clear whether the company is authorized by the Taliban to work in the area,” he said.

He said that Taliban did not create any problems for those who work in welfare projects.

The construction process of the road was started about two months ago. The district police chief and three workers of the Blobal Construction Company were injured and a policeman killed by a roadside bombing during the first survey of the road.


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