5 Bangladeshis say Afghan captivity was `horrific`

Five Bangladeshis held by kidnappers for seven months in Afghanistan returned home on Sunday, telling tearful family members that their time in captivity was horrific.

Last Updated: Aug 07, 2011, 23:09 PM IST

Dhaka: Five Bangladeshis held by kidnappers
for seven months in Afghanistan returned home on Sunday, telling
tearful family members that their time in captivity was
horrific.

Mahbub Ali recalled they nearly starved and were kept
shackled at night.

"We were not physically tortured, but the places they
used to keep us in were horrific," he told reporters and
well-wishers at the airport in Dhaka.

He said the captors berated them for going to Afghanistan
to "help non-Muslims."

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni, who also greeted the men as
they debarked the plane, has said she does not know if a
ransom was paid for their release last week following
negotiations between their captors and local village elders in
Afghanistan.

Afghan police have blamed the Taliban for kidnapping the
men in December from a building site near the northern city of
Mazar-e-Sharif where they were working for a South Korean
construction company. One Bangladeshi man was killed during
the abduction attempt, and two of the seven men who were
kidnapped were released two days later.

PTI