Two Turkish nationals kidnapped in Afghanistan

Türkiye Materials 15 July 2008 19:49 (UTC +04:00)

Two Turkish engineers working on a construction project in Afghanistan's western Herat province have been kidnapped, a senior police official said Tuesday.

"Two Turkish nationals, construction engineers, and their interpreter were kidnapped by unknown gunmen from the Pashtoon Pul area of the town of Islam Qala, bordering with Iran, yesterday," Abdul Rauf Ahmadi, spokesman for the western region police, said Tuesday.

"Their car and their passports were found in the Jaghartan area of Enjeel district of Herat province. The gunmen took the Turkish engineers to an unknown location," Ahmadi said.

No-one has yet claimed responsibility for the abduction

Meanwhile Afghan President Hamed Karzai has accused Pakistan's ISI intelligence service of being behind recent attacks in Afghanistan, particularly the attack on the Indian embassy last week, a statement released from the presidential spokesman's office said late Monday.

"The murder, killing, destruction, dishonouring and insecurity in Afghanistan is carried out by the intelligence administration of Pakistan, its military intelligence institutions," Karzai was quoted as saying in the statement.

"We know who kills innocent people. We have told the government of Pakistan and the world and from now on it will be pronounced by every member of the Afghan nation."

In other news, Afghan soldiers killed seven militants and wounded several during an operation in the Waant-Waygal district of eastern Nuristan province Monday, a defence ministry statement said, reported dpa.