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Militants kidnap 18 NGO members in S. Afghanistan

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June 24, 2007

(Kyodo) _ Eighteen members of an Afghan nongovernmental organization were abducted by militants in southern Afghanistan, the NGO said Sunday.

Shahab Hakimi, director of the Mine Detection and Dogs Center, said the group was taken at gunpoint in the Andar district of Ghanzni Province on Saturday along with their three sniffing dogs and three vehicles.

“Yesterday, while our team of de-miners was going to the de-mining site, militants stopped their convoy and abducted 14 de-miners, one doctor, and three drivers,” Hakimi said, blaming the abduction on the Taliban.

He said the NGO’s sub-office in Ghazni Province received a telephone call warning against government interference.

The Taliban militants were not available to comment.


Written by afghandevnews

June 29, 2007 at 9:19 pm

Posted in Security

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