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Taliban kidnap 47 passengers in Kunduz

AT-KABUL: Taliban gunmen once again kidnapped 47 passengers in northeastern Kunduz from the main highway, where government launched rescue operation to release the hostages.

The passengers were kidnapped from Badakhshan-Kunduz highway in Khanabad district of Kunduz Wednesday morning when Taliban intercepted a bus and a small passenger car, Mahfuzullah Akbari, the 808th Police Zone spokesman told Afghanistan Times.

The hostages are believed to be taken to a nearby village where security organs have deployed several troops and the rescue operation were still going on. “Inshallah the hostages will be released soon” Akbari said.

It is still not clear whether government employees and women were among the hostages.

The abduction come just days after Taliban in a similar massive kidnapping took around 200 passengers as hostages in same province. The militants shot death 10 of them and others were released by security forces.

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