Six Indians were among the seven people who have been abducted by unidentified armed men from Baghlan province in Afghanistan on Sunday, reported TOLO News. The Indian nationals are staff members of KEC International ltd, an infrastructure company which recently bagged a Rs 226-crore contract in the war-torn country. One Afghan employee was also among the abductees.
The incident took place in Bagh-e-Shamal village of the provincial capital Pul-e-Khomre. According to local officials as quoted by TOLO News, the incident happened while they were traveling to the area, where the company owns an electricity sub-station contract.
Local authorities are linking the abduction to the Taliban, however, they are yet to take responsibility for the action. The area falls on the northern part of the country.
Reacting to the development, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said they were in contact with Afghan authorities. “We are aware of the abduction of Indian nationals from Baghlan province in Afghanistan. We are in contact with Afghan authorities & further details are being ascertained,” the MEA spokesperson was quoted as saying by ANI.
Baghlan governor Abdulhai Nemati, meanwhile, confirmed that the Taliban group has abducted seven employees of KEC, adding that they are trying to release the abductees through tribe elders and mediation, the report added.