Taliban kidnap 45 bus passengers in Kunduz

(Last Updated On: June 08, 2016 11:52 am)

KunduzTaliban militants have kidnapped several travelers in Kunduz province in north of Afghanistan, a local official said on Wednesday.

Asadullah Omarkhail the governor of Kunduz, said armed militants has stopped a 404 passenger bus this morning in Bagh Mir area of Khan Abad – Kunduz road and has taken at least 45 passengers with themselves to a nearby location.

According to the reports local officials and security forces are making their efforts to release the kidnapped passengers.

Three passengers who have managed to escape from the hand of Taliban has said that the bus was on its way from capital Kabul to Takhar province and all personnel onboard were Tarkhar residents.

Sources say that Taliban has taken the passengers to a nearby location and Afghan forces have launched an operation to release them.

This comes after at least 200 people were kidnapped last week. Ten were killed shortly and another two were beheaded later. The majority have since been freed but eight are still being held by insurgents.

Kunduz is among the volatile provinces in north of Afghanistan where the anti-government Taliban groups are widely operating in a number of its districts and have killed dozens of passengers after taking hostage in the last two occasions.

Taliban have not made a comment about the incident yet.

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