Five Indians abducted by armed men in Afghanistan

08 May, 2018, 01:12 | Author: Julio Duncan
  • At least 17 killed in mosque blast in Afghanistan - TV

The country's parliamentary elections are scheduled to take place on October 20.

"Attacks on voter registration centres, on election officials and election workers [show] clearly opponents of the government are trying to derail these long-awaited elections", said Al Jazeera's Jennifer Glasse, reporting from Kabul.

"We are aware of the abduction of Indian nationals from Baghlan province in Afghanistan", the statement said.

The external affairs ministry confirmed the abduction and said India was in "contact with the Afghan authorities and further details are being ascertained". Abdullah Hsart, the provincial governor's spokesman, said the attack late on Saturday targeted Hazart Mohammad Rodwal, a district chief, who was among the wounded. A group of armed men stopped the vehicle and seized the engineers, as well as driver - Afghan. He says he doesn't know what happened next.

Numerous earlier abductions in the war-torn country have been linked to Taliban.


According to Bashir Khan, a spokesman for the police department in Khost province, explosives apparently had been hidden in the mosque and were detonated while some people were praying and others registering to vote.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group claimed responsibility for the attack in Kabul.

Qatar has condemned the bombing of a mosque in eastern Afghanistan's province of Khost on Sunday, which caused several deaths and injured worshippers.

The abducted Indians are employees of Indian power company KEC International Limited is a part of the RPG group and they went missing from Bagh-e-Shamal area of the provincial capital Pul-e-Khomre, local news reported.

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