KABUL: In another instance of Indian interests in Afghanistan being targeted, seven Indian nationals working for a power company in the country’s northern Baghlan province were abducted, allegedly by Taliban gunmen.
There was speculation over the exact number of men but they are understood to have been accompanied by a driver, an Afghan national, who is also missing.
The foreign ministry in New Delhi said it was in touch with Afghan authorities and was ascertaining details of the incident.
According to television reports, local police officials said they had been told by the Taliban that the Indians were being held by the group. However, Afghan Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid told TOI, “So far, we don’t have any update about the abduction issue.”
The men are employees of Indian company KEC and went missing early on Sunday morning in Bagh-e-Shamal area of the provincial capital Pul-e-Khomre, local news reported. The employees were abducted while they were travelling to the area where the company owns an electricity sub-station contract, the report said.