KABUL: (Middle East Press) A group of unknown gunmen have kidnapped 30 Shia Muslims who were traveling on two buses in Zabul province, officials say.
The incident took place on the road between the western city of Herat and the capital, Kabul, on Monday evening.
The abducted folks were men from the Hazara ethnic group.
“Our driver saw a group of masked men in Afghan army uniform signaling him and he thought they were soldiers so he stopped,” said Nasir Ahmad, an official with the Ghazni Paima bus company, adding, “The gunmen took 30 Hazaras away with them.”
Ahmad further added that the abductors took only the men on the two buses and freed the women and children accompanying them.
Spokesman of the Interior Ministry Sediq Sediqqi said that Police forces are doing everything to ensure their safe release.
No group has so far claimed responsibiluity behind the incident but kidnapping in Afghanistan commonly happen by local militias, and the Taliban militants.