At least 7 Indian engineers working in a power plant in Afghanistan were abducted by a suspected militant group from the northern province of Baghlan on Sunday.
The MEA is in touch with the Afghan government for the details. Confirming the abduction, an MEA spokesperson said, “We are aware of the abduction of Indian nationals from Baghlan province in Afghanistan. We are in contact with the Afghan authorities and further details are being ascertained.”
According to reports, local officials have confirmed that the seven people were employees of KEC International Ltd. They were kidnapped while traveling to Pul-e-Khomre, the capital city of Baghlan where the company is said to have an electricity substation contract.
The engineers were traveling to a government-run power station in a minibus when they and their Afghan driver were stopped and abducted, said a Baghlan police spokesman.
The gunmen reportedly mistook them for government employees. However, No group has claimed responsibility for the abduction.
The engineers worked for Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat, which runs power-generating stations in the country.
Baghlan Governor Abdulhai Nemati said the Taliban group took the engineers hostage and moved them to the Dand-e-Shahabuddin area of Pul-e-Khomri city, as per the report.
This is the third case of abduction of Indians in Afghanistan in the last four years. In July 2016, an Indian aid worker Judith 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-affected country.