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KABUL: On Sunday, Seven Indian engineers and an Afghan national working for a power plant in northern Baghlan province of Afghanistan were kidnapped, officials stated.
Zabihullah Shuja, spokesman for Baghlan police, said the engineers were traveling to a government-run power station in a minibus when unknown gunmen abducted them and their Afghan driver.
Two officials at the Indian embassy in Kabul confirmed abduction of the engineers, all working for the Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS).
A senior Indian embassy official said more than 150 Indian engineers and technical experts are currently working across Afghanistan on large infrastructure projects.
“We are working out ways to ensure the release of our engineers,” an official said.
It is not known who is responsible for the kidnapping or whether a ransom has been sought for their release.
Kidnapping of locals for extortions are common in Afghanistan. Rampant poverty and rising unemployment has worsened the situation.
In 2016, an Indian aid worker was kidnapped in Kabul. She was released after 40 days.
The Indian government regularly issues a security alert for Indians residing in Afghanistan and traveling to the war-torn country.