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Engineers Kidnapped in Northern Afghanistan

Six Pak engineers kidnapped in Afghanistan

PESHAWAR: Unknown gunmen kidnapped six Pakistani engineers and two workers of the GTZ, a German non-governmental organisation in the northern Jowzjan province of Afghanistan, police said Friday.

The gunmen kidnapped the Pakistani engineers in Zaka area on the Jowzjan-Sar-i-Pul Highway late Thursday, Colonel Muhammad Ibrahim, security chief of Jowzjan province, told the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP).

He said the gunmen also seized an engineer of GTZ and his colleague in the same area. Sources, however, told AIP that of the six people picked up by the gunmen, four were Afghans and two belong to Pakistan. The sources said the engineers were conducting survey of the highway to asphalt it, adding the GTZ engineer and his colleague were passing through the area when intercepted by the gunmen.

Another source said the engineers and GTZ workers were kidnapped by the brother of a known anti-government commander, Hazrat Chonta, to make a deal with government for the release of his brother.

Baku – APA. Gunmen in northern Afghanistan have kidnapped a group of engineers and their Afghan driver, APA reports quoting “The Voice of America”.

Afghan officials say the group, including at least three Pakistanis and two Afghans, were traveling by car late Thursday when they were stopped and abducted in Jawzjan province.

The officials say the engineers were headed for a United Nations project in Sar-i-Pul.

No one has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.

Last December, gunmen killed a Bangladeshi engineer and kidnapped seven Bangladeshi road workers at a work camp in Balkh province. Only two of the kidnapped Bangladeshis have since been released.

March 19, 2011 - Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, NGO's, United Nations | , , , , ,

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