Six Indian Engineers Abducted in Afghanistan, Taliban Blamed

Casey Dawson
May 9, 2018

They were employees of KEC International, a power transmission engineering, procurement and construction company that is part of the Mumbai-headquartered RPG Enterprises.

They were abducted while travelling to the area, where the company owns an electricity sub-station contract, the report said.

No group has, however, claimed responsibility for the abduction.

He claimed that when the Afghan nationals talked with the Taliban through the locals, they (the Taliban) said that the insurgents thought the seven were Afghan government employees.

The External Affairs Ministry had said in New Delhi it is in touch with authorities in Afghanistan. However, Afghan Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid was quoted in Times of India saying that, "So far, we don't have any update about the abduction issue".

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Meanwhile, media reports on Monday, said that Intelligence officials of Afghanistan have detained a three-member kidnap gang from capital Kabul city.

"We are aware of the abduction of Indian nationals from Baghlan province in Afghanistan", the statement said.

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.

More than 150 Indian engineers and technical experts are presently working on large infrastructure projects throughout Afghanistan, the BBC reported, citing a senior Indian embassy official. In 2016, an Indian aid worker, Judith D'Souza, was abducted in Kabul and was released 40 days later.

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