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Six Indian Engineers Kidnapped In Afghanistan’s Baghlan Province

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| May 6 , 2018 , 17:41 IST

Six Indian Engineers along with an Afghan National were kidnapped on Sunday from the Baghlan province of Afghanistan. The kidnapped engineers were working at Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat and were employed with KEC International, an Indian company that had won a project worth 117 crores for the design, supply and erection of 220v transmission lines between Chimtala and Kabul. KEC International is part of the industrial conglomerate RPG Group.

Local media reports report that the kidnapping took place in the Bagh-e-Shamal village in Pul-e-Khomre when the engineers were en route to the power plant in a minibus. The Afghan National kidnaped was the driver of the minibus.

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While authorities believe that Taliban could be behind the kidnapping, no confirmation has come yet.

A spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs reportedly said, “We are aware of the abduction of Indian nationals from Baghlan province in Afghanistan. We are in contact with the Afghan authorities and further details are being ascertained."

Meanwhile, RPG Enterprises Chairman Harsh Goenka took to twitter asking External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for her help to rescue the kidnapped employees.

Taliban has stepped up its suicide attacks in Afghanistan after announcing its Spring Offensive. Less than weeks ago, Baghlan police commander had claimed the death of 18 Taliban insurgents in the area.