AT-KABUL: The National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Tuesday said that it has rescued eight passengers, abducted by the Taliban several months ago.
The NDS’s spokesman Hasibullah Seddiqi confirmed release of the passengers saying that the spy agency operatives succeeded to rescue eight passengers who were from the group of 31 Hazara passengers abducted by the Taliban on the Zabul-Ghazni highway nine months ago.
The rescued passengers, including five men, two women and a teenager, would be handed over to their families soon, the spokesman added.
It is pertinent to mention that from the group of 31 abducted passengers 19 of them were released in the month of May 2015.
According to media reports two kidnapped passengers were killed by the insurgents to press the government for not meeting their demands which had not been made public.
The spy agency informed about release of the eight passengers at a time when the government is criticized for not improving law and order situation which resulted into beheading of seven Hazara passengers. The passengers were beheaded by Daesh three days ago in Zabul.