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Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Seven Indians abducted in Afghanistan

Seven Indians abducted in Afghanistan

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the Taliban said it was not involved in the explosion.

Seven Indians working for a power company were allegedly kidnapped by Taliban in Afghanistan's northern Baghlan province on Sunday, said media reports.

Numerous earlier abductions in the war-torn country have been linked to Taliban.

He said the blast appeared to have been caused by explosives left in the mosque rather than by a suicide bomber.

Habib Shah Ansari, the provincial head of public health, provided the first precise toll from the attack, which was earlier confirmed by other officials. But the Taliban, and the local cell of the Islamic state oppose democratic elections in the country.

Pakistan on Sunday strongly condemned a terrorist attack at a voter registration centre in a mosque in Khost killing and injuring scores of innocent people.

The abducted Indians are employees of Indian power company KEC International Limited is a part of the RPG group and they went missing from Bagh-e-Shamal area of the provincial capital Pul-e-Khomre, local news reported. The group's spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, however, gave a conflicting casualty figure.

Police said another civilian was wounded in the attack, in an area where the Taliban and an IS affiliate are active.

In the eastern Paktia province, a auto bomb killed two people and wounded another three.

The Taliban have stepped up attacks across the country, after they announced their annual spring offensive, a start of the fighting season as the weather allows easier maneuverability through Afghanistan's mountains.

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