Six Indians abducted by armed men in Afghanistan's Baghlan

Hannah Rogers
May 7, 2018

The country's parliamentary elections are scheduled to take place on October 20.

Kabul- Militants abducted seven people, including six Indians, on Sunday in Afghanistan's Baghlan province, officials said, adding that talks were on to get them freed.

Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani spoke to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj over telephone and assured her that security forces are trying to release the abducted Indians from grip of kidnappers and ensure their security, the official Bakhtar news agency said.

It was the latest attack on election preparations and comes nearly a week after 25 people were killed in a double bombing in the Afghan capital Kabul.

An Afghan official says that seven Indian citizens and their Afghan driver have been kidnapped in the northern Baghlan province. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the abduction, but Baghlan Governor Abdul Hai Niamati blamed "groups opposed to the Afghan government" and said efforts are on trace the engineers and negotiate their release.

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But provincial deputy director of public health Gul Mohammad Mangal told AFP at least 12 people had been killed and 33 wounded in the explosion.

Both the Taliban and a local affiliate of the Islamic State extremist group reject democratic elections and have targeted them in the past.

Pakistan has strongly condemned the terrorist attack at a voter registration centre in a mosque in Afghanistan's Khost province that killed and injured dozens earlier on Sunday.

The abducted Indians are employees of Indian power company KEC International Limited is a part of the RPG group and they went missing from Bagh-e-Shamal area of the provincial capital Pul-e-Khomre, local news reported.

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