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Kidnapped engineers freed in Logar

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Five road engineers of the Blobal road construction company kidnapped by Taliban insurgents in Muhammad Agha district of eastern Logar province have been freed, an official said on Wednesday.

Taliban had taken the engineers with the Blobal Road Construction Company in Dawlatabad area on February 24.

District Governor Mohammad Nasir Amin said the engineers were released due to efforts made by tribal elders. They were working on the construction of the Pul Kandahar-Surkhab road.

Amin added that the engineers did not establish contacts with security organs before leaving for any sight.

He said that the freed engineers have been reunited with their families.

A tribal elder from Surkhab area, Gulab Din, told to local media: “We tried a lot for the release of these engineers; we handed them over to their families on Tuesday.”

Moreover, the Taliban insurgents have also confirmed the incident. Taliban’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said any company working in an area under Taliban control should seek permission from the Taliban insurgent groups.

“Any development projects implemented in our area should also be monitored and authorized by the Taliban,” he said, adding a company violating the policy would be responsible for whatever happened to it.

The road construction was started about two months ago. The district police chief and three workers of the Blobal Construction Company were sustained injuries and a policeman lost his life by a roadside bombing during the first survey for the road.

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