Armed men abduct 3 Bangladeshis in N. Afghanistan

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Unknown armed men have abducted three Bangladeshi employees of a South Korean construction company in Afghanistan's northern Samangan province, provincial police chief Abdul Razaq Yalkhani said Saturday.

The armed men abducted five employees, including two Afghans and the three Bangladeshis of the construction company on Thursday but later set free two Afghans on Friday and are now still holding the three Bangladesh nationals, Yalkhani said.

"The gruesome incident occurred on Thursday in Darai Suf Bala district and the armed men took the abductees to an unknown location," Yalkhani told Xinhua.

He did not say if the abductors were Taliban militants, but said they were the enemies of peace and development.

He also said that police have begun search operation to rescue the abductees.

In the past, armed men abducted a Bangladeshi national in Logar province and set free after keeping for a couple of months in captivity.

Taliban militants fighting Afghan and NATO-led troops had in the past abducted 21 South Korean nationals and after killing two of them released 19 others after Seoul agreed to stop supporting U. S.-led military mission in Afghanistan and withdrawing some 200 troops from Afghanistan.

However, a Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid in talks with media via telephone denied Taliban militants'involvement in abducting Bangladeshi nationals.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:王千原雪)

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