Indian engineers abducted in Afghanistan by Taliban gunmen
May 08 2018
Baser Bena, spokesman for the provincial police chief, also confirmed the attack in Khost city, the provincial capital.
Sunday's blast came as fighting has spread across Afghanistan, with government officials saying that a district in the northern province of Badakhshan which was seized by Taliban fighters last week had been retaken. The engineers worked for Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat, which runs power-generating stations in the country. An Indian official revealed that more than 150 technical experts and engineers are now deployed across Afghanistan on different projects.
As reported by the Governor of the province of Abdoulaye, Nemati, the kidnappers belong to the militants of the radical movement "Taliban". A senior Indian embassy official told Reuters that over 150 Indian engineers and technical experts were now working across Afghanistan on large infrastructure projects.
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.
In response to queries on the report of abduction of the Indian nationals in Afghanistan, external affairs ministry spokesperson in New Delhi said, "We are aware of the abduction of Indian nationals from Baghlan province in Afghanistan".
In 2016, 40-year-old Indian aid worker Judith D'Souza was kidnapped in Kabul.
RPG Enterprises chairman Harsh Goenka tweeted an appeal to external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and her ministry to "help rescue 7 of our managers from the kidnapping in Afghanistan".