Afghan Taliban releases abducted civilians, keep security officers captive

The Taliban released more than 160 civilian passengers a day after they were kidnapped from three buses in northern Afghanistan but kept at least 20 soldiers and policemen as captives, an official said on Tuesday. Nearly 200 passengers were taken as hostages by Taliban insurgents near the northern province of Kunduz on Monday as they… Read More Afghan Taliban releases abducted civilians, keep security officers captive

Scores abducted as Afghan Taliban rejects government ceasefire offer

The Taliban rejected on Monday an Afghan government offer of a ceasefire and said they would persist with their attacks, militant commanders said, while insurgents ambushed three buses and abducted nearly 200 passengers traveling for a holiday. Two Taliban commanders said their supreme leader rejected President Ashraf Ghani’s Sunday offer of a three-month ceasefire, beginning… Read More Scores abducted as Afghan Taliban rejects government ceasefire offer

Militants abduct and murder three Sodexo workers in Afghanistan capital

Militants abducted and killed three foreign nationals working for international food company Sodexo in Kabul on Thursday, deepening concerns about security of expatriates in Afghanistan. A senior diplomat and two Afghan security officials said the three worked as cooks at Sodexo, the world’s second-largest food and catering services company. “An Indian, a Malaysian and a… Read More Militants abduct and murder three Sodexo workers in Afghanistan capital