MohaqiqMohammad Mohaqiq, senior Shiite community leader and deputy to Chief Executive officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, has confirmed that the 31 Hazaras have been kidnapped by militants belonging to Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants.

He said two former Taliban leaders – Mullah Abdullah Kaka and his deputy Mullah Mansur Dadullah, who pledged allegiance to ISIS terrorist group, were responsible for the abduction of 31 members of the minority Shiite Hazara community.

Mohaqiq told the Associated Press that the two militant leaders have have simply “changed their white flag” of the Taliban for the black IS flag.

He said there have been no breakthrough to release the abducted men despite the Afghan security forces launched an operation in the week after the kidnappings.

According to Mohaqiq the hostages are still alive and are being held in different areas by the militants who have slip them up into three or four groups.

This is the first time an Afghan leader has confirmed Islamic State group involvement in the kidnappings.

The 31 members of the minority Shiite Hazara community were abducted on Feb. 24 in southern Zabul province of Afghanistan from two vehicles on a major road.