At least 22 people kidnapped by Taliban in eastern Afghanistan

At least 22 people kidnapped by Taliban in eastern Afghanistan
# 31 July 2018 18:56 (UTC +04:00)

At least 22 civilians were kidnapped by Taliban militants on the road connecting the Afghan capital of Kabul and the city of Gardez in the country's eastern province of Paktia, the Khaama Press news agency reported Tuesday, citing police, APA reports quoting local media.

Paktia Police Chief Mohammad Mandozai confirmed the information, adding that the incident occurred on Monday, according to the Khaama Press. The Afghan forces have launched an operation against Taliban in order to rescue those abducted.

Earlier this summer Taliban and the government forces announced a ceasefire in order to mark the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. However, the sides did not start the negotiations and continued armed struggle later.

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