Faryab police rescue 80 passengers abducted by Taliban militants
By Khaama Press - Sun Feb 07 2016, 8:25 pm
The provincial police commandment in a statement said the abducted passengers were rescued during a military operation.
The statement further added that the passengers were kidnapped by Taliban militants around 5:00 pm local time from Maimana-Andkhoi highway in Qaramqol district.
The passengers were travelling in two buses when the Taliban militants stopped their buses and kidnapped the civilians, the statement said, adding that the police forces immediately launched the operation following the incident.
Provincial police chief Syed Aqa Andarabi said the Taliban militants managed to take six passengers with them but four of them were released later, however two others are still kept by the militants.
The Taliban militants group has not commented regarding the report so far.
Faryab is among the volatile provinces in northern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban militants are actively operating in a number of its districts.
The anti-government armed militant groups frequently carry out insurgency activities including kidnapping of civilians in the restive districts in the north.
At least seven civilians were abducted by the anti-government armed militants in the summer of last year and were released after almost 13 in captivity.