Taliban kidnap 35 students, professors in Afghanistan

The Taliban abduct 35 people after opening fire at a bus carrying university students and professors.

Taliban kidnap 35 students, professors in Afghanistan

World Bulletin / News Desk

Taliban rebels have abducted 35 people including students and professors from Kandahar University in southern Afghanistan, said the office of Kandahar Governor.

Governor's Spokesperson Davahan Minepal stated that 35 people were kidnapped in Qarabagh district of the eastern province of Ghazni on their way from Kandahar to the capital, Kabul.

He said one of the professors was wounded when the militants opened fire at their bus, adding that the kidnapped people were bound for Kabul to spend the nation-wide school holiday for the June 14 presidential elections at their home.

The week of June 10-16 had been declared holiday for schools by the Afghan Ministry of Labor.

Ghazni Deputy Governor Mohammad Ali Ahmadi said they had no further details regarding the whereabouts of the abductees, but they were in contact with opinion leaders to have them mediate with the Taliban.

No statement has yet been made by the Taliban on the incident.

The Taliban ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001 before being ousted by US-led forces following the 9/11 attacks in the U.S.

U.S.-led foreign forces are scheduled to withdraw from the country by the end of 2014. NATO announced Wednesday that the alliance is continuing to plan its non-combat ISAF mission to train, advise and assist Afghan military forces beyond its December 2014 withdrawal date.

The Taliban has recently stepped up attacks on government and foreign facilities ahead of the presidential elections.

Last Mod: 11 Haziran 2014, 10:13
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