Military operations kicked off to release 30 abducted passengers in Zabul
By Khaama Press - Tue Mar 03 2015, 10:29 am
Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) last night began military operation in Khak-i-Afghan District of Zabul province to release the 30 passengers who were kidnapped by unidentified gunmen nine days ago.
Sources say that dozens of insurgents have been killed by the security forces so far.
This operation is being kicked off after two groups of Zabul elders failed to release the abducted passengers.
Local elders who were part of the groups tried to release the abducted passengers say that they were unable to understand the language of those holding the passengers.
These people were taken off from two passenger buses in Shah Joy District of Zabul province on Kabul-Kandahar highway.
The unidentified gunmen stopped the buses and take the passengers hostage who are believed to be the Shia Muslims of Afghanistan.
The responsibility of the abduction is not claimed by any opponent armed group fighting in Afghanistan but Ata Jan Haqbayan, chief of the provincial council of Zabul province who was also part of the group to negotiate the release with the kidnappers states that the 30 passengers have been kidnapped by DAISH, Arabic name for Islamic State also known as ISIS.