Six Indians Abducted in Afghanistan, Taliban Blamed

Six Indians Abducted in Afghanistan, Taliban Blamed

The data of the preliminary investigation suggests that the perpetrator was not a suicide bomber. The Taliban claimed responsibility for that attack.

Afghanistan plans to carry elections in October.

An Afghan wounded man lays on a trolley as others rush him to a hospital following blast at a voter registration centre in Khost Province on May 6, 2018.

Both the Taliban and a local affiliate of the Islamic State group reject democratic elections and have targeted them in the past.

Militants abducted seven people, including six Indians, on Sunday in Afghanistan's Baghlan province, officials said, adding that talks were on to get them freed.




Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban, told Al Jazeera that the group was not involved in the attack. While the main cause of civilian deaths was said to be bombings by militants, the report said USA airstrikes as well as government forces had also caused casualties. IS is not proven to own an existence in Khost, but has enlarged its footprint into other places in recent decades.

Earlier this month, bombings at voter registration centres in Kabul and in Baghlan province killed at least 63 people and wounded more than 100.

In a separate incident in the northern province of Faryab, seven people were killed when the auto they were travelling in hit a roadside bomb early on Sunday morning, Mohammad Karim Yuresh, spokesman for Faryab police, said.

The Taliban and it is have found a constant tide of attacks since the onset of year, murdering scores of civilians from the capital, Kabul, and also elsewhere.

Talib Mangal, spokesman for the provincial governor, confirmed Sunday's attack and provided the approximate toll.

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