Seven Indian engineers have been kidnapped in Afghanistan along with their Afghan driver, police say. Gunmen grabbed them from a vehicle on the outskirts of the Baghlan provincial capital, Pul-e Khomri, on Sunday. No group has said it carried out the kidnapping. However, provincial governor Abdul Hai Nemati told Tolo TV that the Taliban was responsible.
Kidnappings are a serious problem in Afghanistan where large areas are blighted by gangs or militant groups. Provincial council chairman Mohammad Safdar Mohseni said the group had ignored warnings to take a police escort through an area largely controlled by the Taliban. Indian officials in Kabul said the engineers worked for the Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat company that operates a power station in northern Baghlan.
"We are in contact with the Afghan authorities and further details are being ascertained," a spokesman for Indian external affairs said.
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