Taliban kidnaps 200 passengers in Afghanistan's Kunduz province

Taliban kidnaps 200 passengers in Afghanistan

Submitted by alvin on Tue, 2016-05-31 19:27 Kabul: At least 200 passengers have been kidnapped reportedly by the Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province. A local official said that the passengers were abducted in the early hours of Tuesday after the Taliban insurgents established a post to stop the passenger buses and vehicles, reports the Khaama Press. According to the official, at least three buses and three vans were stopped by the Taliban militants along with some other cars. He added that the Taliban militants initially took around 230 passengers hostage but later released majority of them, keeping around 45 with them. However, Hejratullah Akbari, a spokesman for Kunduz police said that at least 185 people were kidnapped and the Taliban later released 150 of them. Reports have also been surfaced that the Taliban insurgents have killed a number of the hostages while the fate of the remaining hostages remain unascertained. So far, the Taliban group has not commented regarding the report so far. Kunduz is among the relatively volatile provinces northern Afghanistan where the Taliban insurgents are actively operating in a number of its districts and frequently carry out anti-state activities. The Taliban militants have earlier abducted a senior police official of Kunduz province while travelling on the province highway. (ANI)