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Taliban take hostage nine Sar-i-Pul residents: PC chief

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: At least nine civilians have been taken hostage by the Taliban militants in northern Sar-i-Pul province, said local official on Wednesday.

Bokhdi News Agency quoted the chief of Sar-i-Pul provincial council (PC), Mohammad Noor Rahmani, as saying that the hostages are kept in one of areas of Sancharak district.

He said security officials were paying no attention on provincial council members and tribal elders’ suggestions and warnings about security threats in the province.

According to him, the nine hostages are ethnically Hazaras.

It comes as 31 passengers were recently abducted by unknown armed men and their fate is not known yet, despite the struggles by security forces in this regard.

Noor also said that security situation in Sar-i-Pul is a matter of concern therefore high-ranking officials in Kabul should pay heed in this regard and overcome the problem as soon as possible.

He added that struggles were started to negotiate with the Taliban for releasing the nine men.

Local officials in Sar-i-Pul have not commented about the incident so far.

No insurgent group or individual has claimed responsibility for taking hostage the nine men in the province so far.

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