11 Afghan police kidnapped by militants freed

Eleven Afghan policemen kidnapped by militants nearly two weeks ago have been freed in northern Afghanistan.

Last Updated: Dec 17, 2011, 23:27 PM IST

Kabul: Eleven Afghan policemen kidnapped by
militants nearly two weeks ago have been freed in northern
Afghanistan.

The Afghan Defence Ministry says Afghan soldiers, border
police and international troops rescued the policemen
yesterday and arrested 25 opposition fighters.

The ministry said in a statement Saturday that when the
militants ignored local elders` attempts to mediate the
release of the captive policemen, the military intervened and
rescued them.

Authorities are still pursuing other militants suspected
of being involved in the Dec 5 kidnapping in Wardooj district
of Badakhshan province.

Earlier, deputy provincial police chief Sayed Hussain
Safawi said that two policemen were killed and four others
were wounded in an ambush that preceded the kidnapping.

PTI