India stated on Tuesday two extra of the seven Indian engineers kidnapped in Afghanistan in Might 2018 had been freed and had returned to the nation, taking the variety of males launched to date to 6.
The exterior affairs ministry stated in a short assertion the 2 Indian nationals have been “launched from captivity in Afghanistan” on July 31 and “returned to India immediately [Tuesday]”.
The assertion confirmed the 2 males have been a part of the group of seven Indians kidnapped greater than two years in the past, however didn’t give particulars of the circumstances of their launch. “Six Indian nationals have now been launched so removed from captivity,” the assertion stated.
“We thank the federal government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan for his or her fixed and unwavering assist in securing the discharge of the Indians,” the assertion added.
The seven males have been engaged on energy tasks run by the Afghan authorities once they have been kidnapped in northern Baghlan province. One in every of them was freed in March 2019 whereas three extra have been launched final October. There have been no fast particulars on the standing of the lone member of the group who remained unaccounted for.
It was broadly believed the engineers – who labored for KEC Worldwide Restricted, one of many world’s largest corporations engaged in constructing and sustaining energy transmission networks – have been kidnapped by the Taliban. The militant group, nevertheless, hasn’t to date stated something on this problem.
Earlier this 12 months, a report from the UN Safety Council’s analytical assist and sanctions monitoring staff had acknowledged that three of the engineers have been freed final October by the Taliban in trade for 11 members of the militant group,.
The report had stated that “11 Taliban have been launched from Bagram Airfield detention facility in trade for 3 Indian engineers who had been kidnapped in Afghanistan”.
The Taliban members who have been launched “included former shadow governors Sheikh Abdul Rahim…and Mawlawi Rashid Baluch”. Rahim is believed to have been appointed by the Haqqani Community, which is near the Pakistani safety institution. Baluch was sanctioned in 2015 by the US treasury division, which emphasised his function in “the Taliban and Al-Qaida nexus”, the report stated.