Taliban militants kidnap nearly 200 of passengers near Kunduz city

Afghan-TalibanAFGHANISTAN: The Taliban insurgents have reportedly kidnapped dozens of passengers near Kunduz city, the provincial capital of northern Kunduz province.

A local official said the passengers were abducted in the early hours of Tuesday after the Taliban insurgents established a post to stop the passenger buses and vehicles.

The official speaking on the condition of anonymity said at least 3 buses and 3 vans were stopped by the Taliban militants along with some other cars.

According to the official, the Taliban militants initially took around 230 passengers hostage but later released majority of them, keeping around 45 with them.

However, a spokesman for Kunduz police, Hejratullah Akbari, said at least 185 people were kidnapped and the Taliban later released 150 of them.

There are also reports that the Taliban insurgents have killed a number of the hostages while the fate of the remaining hostages remain unascertained.

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 insurgency activities.

Earlier, the Taliban militants abducted a senior police official of Kunduz province as he was travelling on a highway in this province. -KP

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