Blast in Afghan voter registration booth kills 12, injures 33

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In another case of abduction of Indian nationals in foreign countries, six engineers working in Afghanistan have been kidnapped in Baghlan province, allegedly by Taliban militants.

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.

They were abducted while travelling to the area, where the company owns an electricity sub-station contract, the report said.

He claimed that when the Afghan nationals talked with the Taliban through the locals, they (the Taliban) said that the insurgents thought the seven were Afghan government employees. In the interest of safety of our people and the sensitive nature of the situation on ground, we will not be commenting any further.

Afghan officials said the seven Indians were working for the Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat, which operates power stations.

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Afghan television network TOLOnews quoted Baghlan governor Abdulhai Nemati as saying the Indians had been mistaken for government staff and abducted erroneously.

An Afghan official says a bombing at a mosque in the eastern Khost province that was being used as a voter registration center killed 12 people and wounded another 33. Nemati said they were trying to get those abducted released through tribal elders and mediation.

No group has claimed responsibility for the abduction so far.

Harsh Goenka, the chairman of RPG Enterprises took to the social media to urge the Indian government to rescue the engineers. In July 2016, an Indian aid worker Judith was kidnapped in Kabul.

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