Kabul: Seven Indian engineers of an RPG group company working in Afghanistan’s northern Baghlan province were abducted on Sunday by Taliban gunmen who apparently mistook them for government employees, media reports said.
The external affairs ministry said in New Delhi it is in touch with authorities in Afghanistan and is ascertaining the details of the incident.
The Taliban terrorists abducted the Indians, working for Maharashtra-based company KEC, and their Afghan driver early this morning in Bagh-e-Shamal area of the provincial capital Pul-e-Khomre, TOLOnews reported, citing officials.
According to agency, the seven Indian nationals were electrical engineers.
The company employees were abducted while they were travelling to the area where KEC has a contract to operate an electricity sub-station, the Afghan news channel reported.
Baghlan governor Abdulhai Nemati said the Taliban group took the engineers hostage and moved them to the Dand-e-Shahabuddin area of Pul-e-Khumri city, according to the report.
It quoted Nemati as saying that the Afghan authorities spoke with the Taliban via local people and the terror group said it had abducted them, believing they were government employees.
No group has, however, claimed responsibility for the abduction. Nemati said they are trying to get the abductees released through tribe elders and mediation.
In response to queries, the external affairs ministry spokesperson said, “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.”