Afghan official says 12 killed in mosque bombing

09 May, 2018, 00:11 | Author: Irene Delgado
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In what was billed as a case of mistaken identity by the local media, seven Indian engineers and an Afghan national were kidnapped by Taliban gunmen in Afghanistan's northern Baghlan Province on Sunday.

The incident took place while the group of electrical engineers was travelling to a government-run power station in a mini bus, where KEC has a contract to operate an electricity sub-station, Zabihullah Shuja, spokesman for Baghlan police, was quoted as saying by Reuters.

Numerous earlier abductions in the war-torn country have been linked to Taliban.

The foreign ministry in New Delhi said it was in touch with Afghan authorities and was ascertaining details of the incident. "We are aware of the abduction of Indian nationals from Baghlan province in Afghanistan".

RPG Enterprises chairman Harsh Goenka tweeted an appeal to external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and her ministry to "help rescue 7 of our managers from the kidnapping in Afghanistan".

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An Afghan official says a bombing at a mosque in the eastern Khost province that was being used as a voter registration center killed 12 people and wounded another 33.

Baghlan Governor Abdulhai Nemati said the Taliban group took the engineers hostage and moved them to the Dand-e-Shahabuddin area of Pul-e-Khomri city, as per the report.

Nemati said that they are attempting to get the engineers freed through mediation as well as through tribe elders, PTI reported.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosion, which adds to a series of attacks on voter centres since the registration process began in April. In July 2016, an Indian aid worker Judith was kidnapped in Kabul.

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