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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

13 Iranian engineers, 2 Afghan guards kidnapped in Afghanistan

KABUL, April 19: At least 13 Iranian engineers and two Afghan guards were kidnapped by armed men on Tuesday from Haikah area of the Farah province of Afghanistan, Afghan and Iranian officials confirmed.

The police chief of Farah province, General Syed Mohammad said that 13 Iranian engineers and two Afghan nationals were kidnapped by miscreants from the Haikah area of the Farach province. The kidnappers have claimed responsibility of the incident and warned that if the work of road> construction was not abandoned immediately then these abductees would be killed, the police head said.

The police chief said that these engineers were deputed on the construction of road in the Farah province whose tender was given to a private company and the abductees were traveling in two vehicles to the construction sight when the incident occurred.

"Construction of the road was temporarily stopped by the company and police personnel were raiding various areas to search out the abductees," the police chief added.

Meanwhile, 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.

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

Reports say that violent activities of kidnapping for ransom or for political reasons are common in Afghanistan, where violence has made efforts to rebuild the country costly and dangerous.

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