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Taliban Kidnaps 70, Kills 7 After Clash With Army

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| July 23 , 2017 , 17:42 IST

According to a report in Efe news, the Taliban, an insurgent group of Afghanistan waging war in the country, has kidnapped 70 Afghans and killed four of them in the Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan over the past 4 days.

The Efe news, on Sunday quotes the provincial governor's spokesperson Samim Khapalwak saying, “All those kidnapped are residents of Shah Wali Khost district, seven of them were killed on Saturday by the insurgents.”

Spokesperson Khapalwak said that the Taliban has held 33 hostages after freeing the others.

The kidnappings took place in the aftermath of a clash between Afghanistan troops and Taliban on the road connecting Uruzgan and Kandahar, in which the latter suffered “many casualties”.

Khapalwak said a rescue operation to free the hostages is underway.

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Last week, these insurgents had killed seven people and kidnapped six others along a highway in Farah province in the western part of the country.

Afghanistan is going through one of its most violent time periods since the end of NATO's combat mission in January 2015.

Since then, insurgents have been gaining ground in various parts of Afghanistan and currently control, influence, or are in dispute with the government over at least 43 percent of the territory, according to the US.