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Kidnapped Pakistanis freed in Afghanistan: Police

Last Updated: Monday, December 5, 2011 - 20:55

Pul-I-Alam: Seven Pakistani
workers kidnapped in Afghanistan were released on Monday after
five days in captivity, police said.

The Pakistanis -- engineers and workers on a hospital
construction project in Logar province, just south of the
capital Kabul -- were freed unharmed, provincial police chief
Ghulam Sakhi Roghliwani said.

It was not clear what prompted their release, he added,
saying an investigation into the incident was underway.

The men were snatched at gunpoint on Wednesday as they
drove from their workplace back to their accommodation in
Pul-i-Alam, provincial capital of Logar, which is troubled by
the Taliban-led insurgency.

The police chief said he believed criminal gangs seeking a
ransom payment were behind the abduction.

Abduction of rich Afghans and foreign nationals is
relatively common in Afghanistan.

The Pakistanis were taken to an unknown location in Kabul
after their release, the police commander added.


First Published: Monday, December 5, 2011 - 20:55
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