Taliban abduct Indian driver in Afghanistan
Along with the Indian, three Afghans working on a road construction project in the country's volatile south, were also abducted.india Updated: May 01, 2006 18:40 IST
Suspected Taliban rebels kidnapped an Indian and three Afghans working on a road construction project in the country's volatile south, officials said on Sunday.
The four were working for an Indian company refurbishing the main road from the southern city of Kandahar to Herat in the west.
Nimroz provincial Governor Ghulam Dasthaqir said the Indian and one of the Afghans worked as drivers, while the other two were policemen providing security. The four were kidnapped after being ambushed as they drove in Nimroz late on Saturday night, he said.
"We've had no contact with the kidnappers but we're investigating," Dasthaqir said.
The abduction was the latest in a string of kidnappings in southern Afghanistan. A British engineer working on a road project and two Japanese tourists were kidnapped in August and killed.
The violence comes amid the deadliest year of rebel fighting since the ouster of the Taliban in 2001. About 1,500 people have been killed and many southern and eastern areas are considered too dangerous for foreigners to enter without security.