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Afghanistan: Taliban kidnap 27 at roadblock in Paktia province

The Taliban set up a road block in the Sayad Karm district of Paktia on Saturday and kidnapped 27 people. Several have since been freed.

From the AP

Afghan official says Taliban block roads, kidnap civilians

An Afghan police chief says Taliban militants blocked roads in an eastern province, forcing cars to stop and kidnapping the occupants at gunpoint.

Gen. Zelmai Oryakhail, police chief of Paktia province, said Saturday a number of civilian vehicles were stopped by Taliban gunmen in Sayad Karm district early in the morning.

He says six people remain held out of the 22 initially abducted. He says police reinforcements have been deployed in an attempt to free the remaining captives.

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From the AFP

Taliban kidnap 27 people at gunpoint on Afghan road

“We are not sure why they have abducted civilians, but we have deployed police reinforcement to free the passengers,” provincial police chief Zalmai Uryakhail told AFP.

Local elders were also involved in negotiations to free the abductees, he said.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said on Twitter the group was holding the 27 people on suspicion of being government workers.

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