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Seven Indian engineers kidnapped in Afghanistan – police



KABUL (Reuters) – Seven Indian engineers and one Afghan national working for a power plant in Baghlan's northern province of Afghanistan were abducted Sunday.

Zabihullah Shuja, spokesman for the Baghlan police, said the engineers had traveled by minibus to a government-run power plant when unidentified gunmen kidnapped her and her Afghan driver.

Two officials from the Indian embassy in Kabul confirmed the abduction of the engineers, all of whom work for the Da Afghanistan Breeshna Sherkat (DABS), which operates power plants.

A senior Indian Embassy official said more than 150 Indian engineers and technical experts are currently working on major infrastructure projects across Afghanistan.

"We are working to ensure the release of our engineers," said one official.

It is unknown who is responsible for the kidnapping or whether a ransom has been requested for her release.

Abduction of locals for extortion is common in Afghanistan. Rampant poverty and rising unemployment have aggravated the situation.

In 201

6, an Indian development worker was abducted in Kabul. She was released after 40 days.

The Indian government regularly issues a security alert to Indians living in Afghanistan and traveling to the war-torn country.

Reporting by Qadir Sediq, Sardar Razmal, Abdul Aziz Ibrahimi, Writing by Rupam Jain, Editing by Adrian Croft


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