Six Indians abducted by armed men in Afghanistan's Baghlan

Six Indians abducted by armed men in Afghanistan's Baghlan

Six Indians abducted by armed men in Afghanistan's Baghlan

It is believed that the Indian engineers of KEC International, an RPG group company, were working on a project for the construction of a power sub-station.

Baghlan provincial council have linked the incident to the Taliban, who have not yet commented, reported the Afghanistan based news channel.

According to reports, security officials in Afghanistan are now working with local tribal elders as rescue operation is underway to trace the seven engineers abducted by the suspected Taliban gunmen.

Afghan officials said the seven Indians were working for the Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat, which operates power stations. In the interest of safety of our people and the sensitive nature of the situation on ground, we will not be commenting any further. Confirming the abduction, an MEA spokesperson said, "We are aware of the abduction of Indian nationals from Baghlan province in Afghanistan".

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Earlier in New Delhi, the Ministry of External Affairs in a statement said it was in contact with the Afghan authorities. They were kidnapped while traveling to Pul-e-Khomre, the capital city of Baghlan where the company is said to have an electricity substation contract.

Afghan television network TOLOnews quoted Baghlan governor Abdulhai Nemati as saying the Indians had been mistaken for government staff and abducted erroneously. Nemati said they were trying to get those abducted released through tribal elders and mediation.

The reports of Afghanistan abduction came over a month after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj announced in Parliament that 39 Indians kidnapped by the ISIS in 2014 in Mosul had been killed. She was released after 40 days.

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