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Efforts on to rescue kidnapped engineers, Afghan minister speaks to Sushma Swaraj

09 May 2018, 12:10 | Katrina Lee

Seven Indian engineers working for Afghanistan power plant kidnapped by gunmen in Baghlan province

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Seven Indian engineers of an RPG group company working in Afghanistan's northern Baghlan province were abducted today by Taliban gunmen who apparently mistook them for government employees, media reports said.

The Taliban is thought to have abducted the Indians and taken them to Pul-e Khumri, which is 230 km off Kabul, according to Baghlan Governor Abdulhai Nemati, IANS reported.

Officials say the explosion occurred in the eastern province of Khost on Sunday.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Apart from the Indian nationals, one Afghan employee of the company was also abducted by the armed men from Bagh-e-Shamal village.

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The security officials in the province said efforts are underway by the Afghan forces and the government officials as well as the local tribal elders for the release of the Indian engineers.

A blast at a voter registration centre in Afghanistan's restive east yesterday killed or wounded at least 30 people, officials said.

Habib Shah Ansari, the provincial head of public health, provided the first precise toll from the attack, which was earlier confirmed by other officials.

Last month, around 60 people were killed in a suicide attack on a voter centre in the capital Kabul, which was claimed by the so-called Islamic State and there have been a string of smaller incidents that have deterred many from going to the voter centres. The group of Indian engineers had overlooked warnings to be accompanied by a police escort to pass through an area that is mainly controlled by the Taliban, the report quoted Mohammad Safdar Mohseni, the Provincial Council chairman, as saying.



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