Taliban kill abducted passengersThe Taliban insurgents have killed at least 17 passengers after abducting nearly 200 in the early hours of today in northern Kunduz province.

According to the local government officials, the Taliban militants have killed at least 12 of the abducted passengers.

However, a security official, Shir Aziz Kamawal, said the militants have killed at least 17 of the passengers after they were kidnapped from Kunduz-Takhar highway.

The Taliban insurgents kidnapped at least 185 passengers after establishing a check post on the highway around 2 am local time.

The security officials are saying that the Taliban insurgents kidnapped the passengers from 4 buses, 3 vans and 3 cars and took them with themselves.

However, the majority of the passengers were released after they were interrogated by the Taliban insurgents but at least 17 of them were killed.

The officials also added at least 18 of the passengers are still kept by the Taliban insurgents and have efforts are underway for their release.

The Taliban insurgents have not commented regarding the report so far and it is yet not clear on what charges the kidnapped passengers were killed.

Kunduz has been witnessing deteriorating security situation during the past few months as the Taliban insurgents are trying to destabilize the northern provinces.

The Taliban insurgents briefly captured the provincial capital of Kunduz last year but it was retaken by the Afghan security forces.