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Taliban kidnap 125 teachers, education staff in Ghazni

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Taliban kidnap 125 teachers, education staff in Ghazni

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Oct 23, 2018 - 17:16

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): The Talibaninfo-icon have kidnapped 125 teachers and administrative staff of the Educationinfo-icon Department in Giru district of southern Ghazni province, local residents claimed on Tuesday.

Nader Khan Giruwal, a resident and former Provincial Council member, said the Taliban had kidnapped teachers and education staff members of the district.

“The Taliban had many times told teachers not to get their salaries through the bank and instead receive their pay manually from a cashier at school so that the Taliban also get their share, but the teachers did not accept their demand and as a result, they were kidnapped,” he said.

Deputy Provincial Council head Amanullah Kamrani acknowledged teachers and education staff of the district were missing for the last two days.

Niamatullah, a resident, said: “The Taliban kidnapped all teachers and education staff two days ago and since schools are closed.”

But Governor Mohammad Arif Noori told Pajhwok Afghan News the Taliban had released the teachers and the staff.

“The Taliban kidnapped 160 teachers and staff members and told them to get salaries through school cashier, not from the bank,” he said.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the issue would be investigated and information shared with media later.

Nearly 8,000 teachers are imparting education to 500,000 students in around 600 schools across Ghazni province.

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