Taliban claim to have kidnapped 50 Afghan police

The policemen had just finished training to join the Afghan National Police.

Updated: Mar 27, 2011, 16:04 PM IST

Kabul: The Taliban say they have kidnapped 50 Afghan policemen in the northeast of the country.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said on Sunday that the policemen, who were from Nuristan province, had just finished their training to join the Afghan National Police.

He says in an e-mailed statement to reporters that the Taliban ambushed the men Saturday afternoon after being tipped off that they would be travelling in Kunar province.

Kunar provincial police chief General Khalilullah Ziayi confirmed that the militants had stopped four vehicles in Chapa Dara district and captured several dozen men.

He did not know the exact number and said it was unclear if all were members of the police or just prospective recruits.

Bureau Report