At least eight people have been arrested over the suspicious transfer of 381 young men to eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

The provincial government media office in a statement said the young men were being transferred to eastern Nangarhar province under the guise of providing work for the collection of pine nuts.

The statement further added that the suspects and the young men were arrested during an operation in Khogyani district of Nangarhar.

The governor’s office also added that a delegation consisting of deputy provincial intelligence chief, police chief, officials from the provincial and district administrative government has been formed to investigate the incident.

The detained suspects are in the custody for further questioning while the young men have been sent back to their relative provinces, the statement added.

It is yet not clear for what purposes the young men were transferred to Nangarhar.

However, the Taliban group and ISIS Khurasan loyalists often hire young men in their ranks to conduct terrorist related and insurgency activities.

Both the Taliban and ISIS loyalists are active in some remote districts of Nangarhar as counter-terrorism operations are underway to eliminate the terrorist groups from the province.


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