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Taliban abduct Indian engineer

The engineer was captured while he was driving on the Kandahar-Kabul highway in southern Afghanistan.

india Updated: May 01, 2006 14:17 IST

Taliban militants kidnapped an Indian engineer in southern Afghanistan on Friday, according to a provincial official and the Taliban's purported spokesman.

An Indian engineer working for the Roshan company was held up at gun point at 5 pm (1900 IST) as he was driving on the Kandahar-Kabul highway in the Hassan Kariez district of southern Zabul province, said Ali Khail, a provincial government spokesman.

Khail did not say how he knew the kidnapping took place, saying only that officials had notified him of the abduction.

Qari Yousaf Ahmadi, a purported spokesman for the Taliban, said in a telephone interview that the Indian had been taken hostage and that "higher authorities" within the Taliban would soon decide on the captive's fate.

India's ambassador to Kabul, Rakesh Sood, said he had heard reports of a kidnapping but was trying to confirm it.