Iran General News12 Iranian engineers kidnapped in Afghanistan

12 Iranian engineers kidnapped in Afghanistan

-

AP: Armed assailants kidnapped 12 Iranian engineers building a road in western Afghanistan, said Iranian and Afghan officials Monday.

The Associated Press

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Armed assailants kidnapped 12 Iranian engineers building a road in western Afghanistan, said Iranian and Afghan officials Monday.

Iran Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said the Iranian engineers were working for a construction company in the western Farah Province and the incident was under investigation by Iranian and Afghan authorities.

Militants in the area claimed responsibility for the kidnapping and threatened to kill the hostages if work on the road is not halted, said Gen. Sayed Mohammad, the police chief for Farah province.

“For the time being the road construction has stopped. Police have launched a search operation in the area where they were kidnapped,” he said.

Mohammad added that according to his information, there were 13 Iranians taken along with two Afghans while driving toward their work site in two vehicles.

The reason for the discrepancy in the numbers was not immediately clear.

The director of public works for the province, Ghulman Hazrat Shahiq, said they worked for a company called Jahidi Nasri Tehran, contracted to create 75 miles (121 kilometers) of road in Farah and has completed about half.

Kidnappings — mostly of Afghans — for ransom or for political reasons are common in Afghanistan, where violence has made efforts to rebuild the country costly and dangerous.

Associated Press writer Rahim Faiez in Kabul contributed to this report.

Latest news

Iran Regime’s Ministry of Culture’s Decision To Eliminate Children’s Intellectual Centers

With the so-called ‘Cultural Revolution’ which took place between 1980 and 1983, the Iranian regime tried to purge the...

Water Shortage Crisis and the Destruction of Iran’s Water Resources

Iran is currently suffering from a number of dangerous natural disasters. One of the most worrying is the drying...

Economic Freedom Under the Rule of the Mullahs in Iran

The Fraser institute published its annual report of the index of economic freedom on September 8, which measured the...

Iran’s Regime Continues Its Internet Restriction Project

This is part of the outlook of a document by the Iranian regime’s Supreme Council of Cyberspace, which has...

Iran’s Human Development Index Dropped Sharply

One of the most common questions asked in primary schools by teachers all over the world is, “wealth or...

Narcotics Iran Regime’s Income Source for Terrorism

Besides Iran’s malign activities, such as its regional interference, and missile and nuclear projects, drug trafficking plays a major...

Must read

Human Rights Group Commends Albania for hosting Camp Liberty Iranians

The Italian Helsinki Committee for human rights supports Albania's...

Iran’s Ahmadinejad, conservatives in new showdown

AFP: Iran is bracing for a fresh showdown between...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you