Seven Indian engineers kidnapped in Afghanistan: Police

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India May 06, 2018, 04.07 PM(IST)

File photo. Photograph:( Reuters )

Seven Indian engineers and an Afghan national working for a power plant in northern Baghlan province of Afghanistan were kidnapped on Sunday, news agency Reuters reported quoting officials. 

Engineers were travelling to a government-run power station in a minibus when unknown gunmen abducted them and their Afghan driver, Zabihullah Shuja, spokesman for Baghlan police said.

Two officials at the Indian embassy in Kabul confirmed the kidnapping of the engineers, all working for the Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) that operates power generating stations.

A senior Indian embassy official said over 150 Indian engineers and technical experts are currently working across Afghanistan on large infrastructure projects.

"We are working out ways to ensure the release of our engineers," an official said.

It is not known who is responsible for the kidnapping or whether a ransom has been sought for their release.

In response to queries on reports of abduction of Indian nationals in Afghanistan, MEA Spokesperson said, "we are aware of the abduction of Indian nationals from Baghlan province in Afghanistan. We are in contact with Afghan authorities and further details are being ascertained"

 

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Kidnapping of locals for extortions are common in Afghanistan. Rampant poverty and rising unemployment have worsened the situation.

In 2016, an Indian aid worker was kidnapped in Kabul. She was released after 40 days.

The Indian government regularly issues a security alert for Indians residing in Afghanistan and travelling to the war-torn country.