Seven Indian engineers working for power plant abducted in Afghanistan

Afghan police said seven Indian engineers were travelling to a government-run power station in a minibus when unknown gunmen abducted them and their local driver.

In this file photo taken on January 21, 2013, Afghan commandos walk down a road near the Kabul police headquarters building. (AFP)
Seven Indian engineers and an Afghan national working for a power plant in northern Baghlan province of Afghanistan were kidnapped on Sunday, officials said.
Zabihullah Shuja, spokesman for Baghlan police, said the engineers were travelling to a government-run power station in a minibus when unknown gunmen abducted them and their Afghan driver.
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.
“We are aware of the abduction of Indian nationals from Baghlan province in Afghanistan. We are in contact with the Afghan authorities and further details are being ascertained,” a spokesperson for India’s external affairs ministry said.
A senior Indian embassy official said over 150 Indian engineers and technical experts are currently working across Afghanistan on large infrastructure projects.
It is not known who is responsible for the kidnapping or whether a ransom has been sought for their release.
Baghlan provincial council has linked the incident to the Taliban. No group has claimed responsibility for the abduction so far.
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.

Resources: Hindustan Times

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