KABUL: Seven Indian nationals, working in Afghanistan have been abducted by the Taliban. All seven of them were engineers, working on a power plant in Baghlan, northern province of Afghanistan.
They, along with their Afghan driver, were abducted by unknown gunmen, posing as Taliban. The engineers were working for Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS).
The governor of Baghlan, Abdulhai Nemati said and I quote ‘The Taliban had kidnapped the engineers and moved them to Pul-e-Khumri, 230 kilometres from the national capital of Kabul’. He said that when they contacted the Taliban, the terrorist group said they abducted seven people assuming they were Afghan government employees.
The ministry of external affairs has confirmed the kidnapping of seven Indian engineers. “We are aware of the abduction of Indian nationals from Baghlan province in Afghanistan. We are in contact with the Afghan authorities and further details are being ascertained,” a spokesperson of the foreign ministry said.
India has been involved for long, in trying to help with the economic development in the war torn country. Since 2001, the Indian government has pledged 2 billion dollars for the development of Afghanistan.
Last year New Delhi announced that it would take up 116 “high impact community development project,” across 31 Afghan provinces.