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Kandahar: Taliban release remaining kidnapped workers

Kandahar: Taliban release remaining kidnapped workers

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Aug 21, 2018 - 15:39

KANDAHAR (Pajhwok): The Talibaninfo-icon set free 31 construction workers they had kidnapped about two months ago on the Shorabak-Spin Boldak highway in southern Kandahar province on the eve of Eidul Adha, an  official said on Tuesday.

The insurgents had kidnapped a total of 44 workers of the Afghan Sadaqat construction company during an attack about two months ago. They released 13 captives a few weeks ago and set free the rest last night, said the governor’s house spokesman, Aziz Ahmad Azizi.

He told Pajhwok Afghan News the workers were handed over to tribal elders in Shorabak district late last night. The release came as a result of mediation of tribal elders.

Shorbak district chief Abdul Nafi said the released 31 construction worker were on their way to Kandahar City from the Spin Boldak district. He said the former kidnapees were in good healthinfo-icon and they would be reunited with their families soon.

Shorabak district is 230km south of Kandahar city near the Pakistani border. A 90km portion of the Kandahar-Spin Boldak highway is dust and local residents have to travel to Pakistaninfo-icon instead to purchase daily use items.

Construction work on the dust road was recently launched but the Taliban attacked the construction company workers two months ago, kidnapping 44 workers and torching 15 vehicles of the company.

Officials of the construction company say they incurred around $2 million loss as a result of the Taliban attack.

Local officials say the workers after being kidnapped were moved to Gulistan area in Balochistan province across the border and kept there until released.

The Taliban also confirmed the release of the remaining workers in their custody, saying they were released as per directives of their supreme leader on the account of Eidul Adha.

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