Taliban Frees Remaining Hostages

Other News Materials 28 September 2008 17:02 (UTC +04:00)

Afghanistan, Kabul, 29 September /corr. Trend W.Hakimi/ Last of those in captivity were released two days after fellow kidnap victim.

Taliban militants have released the remaining 30 abducted labourers kidnapped one week ago while building an Afghan army barracks in Farah province.

On Friday, the militants released 118 labourers and on Saturday they released 30 more, all kidnapped in the Bala Bulook district last Sunday.

Officials in Farah said the 30 men were released later than others because the kidnappers had taken them to a number of remote areas in the province to avoid detection by security forces.

On Friday, officials praised the work of tribal elders, who they said were instrumental in securing the release of the 150 hostages.

The kidnapped workers were masons, carpenters and other labourers hired by a US construction company to build the army base.

Local authorities blamed the Taliban for the mass abduction, one of the largest in the militantsї history, but criminal gangs who specialise in kidnapping have also grown in recent years.