At least 17 killed in mosque blast in Afghanistan

Leroy Wright
May 7, 2018

The kidnapping of six Indians happened on the day when a powerful blast at a voter registration centre in Afghanistan's restive east killed or wounded at least 30 people.

All seven of them were abducted in Bagh-e-Shamal village of the Pul-e-Khomri city capital of Baghlan province, reported Afghan's TOLO News.

We will remind that on 22 April in an explosion near a voter registration centre in Kabul, killing about 60 people.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Police told reporters in Kabul that the Indians and their Afghan driver were travelling to a government-run power station in a mini-bus when unknown gunmen abducted them.

Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban, told Al Jazeera that the group was not involved in the attack.

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The victims were employees of an Indian company that runs the substation.

Baghlan provincial council has linked the incident to the Taliban, but no group has claimed responsibility for the abduction so far.

KEC is one of the largest Indian companies in Afghanistan that is responsible for electricity supply in the country.

Last month, the Taliban destroyed a key tower during fighting with Afghan forces, plunging the national capital and a vast area in northern Afghanistan into darkness for several days.

Talib Mangal, spokesman for the provincial governor, confirmed Sunday's attack and provided the approximate toll. The victims were shopkeepers on their way to market.

The police chief has a fearsome reputation fighting the Taliban and has survived many assassination attempts.

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