Seven Indians working for power company abducted in Afghanistan

Pakistan reopens key trade route with Afghanistan

Unidentified armed men abducted five Indians working for Indian infrastructure company in Afghanistan's Baghlan province.

The abducted Indians are employees of Indian power company KEC International Limited is a part of the RPG group and they went missing from Bagh-e-Shamal area of the provincial capital Pul-e-Khomre, local news reported.

The engineers were travelling to a government-run power station in a minibus when they and their Afghan driver were stopped and abducted, Baghlan police spokesman Zabihullah Shuja said.

None of the terrorist groups operating in the country, has not yet claimed responsibility for the explosion.

An explosion at a mosque used as a voter centre in the eastern Afghan province of Khost today killed at least 17 people and wounded 34, local officials said, in the latest attack on preparations for long-delayed parliamentary elections.

The external affairs ministry confirmed the abduction and said India was in "contact with the Afghan authorities and further details are being ascertained".

"We are aware of the abduction of Indian nationals from Baghlan province in Afghanistan", the statement said.

Those abducted were working with KEC, an RPG group company, reports said.

The gunmen reportedly mistook them for government employees.

Nemati said they are trying to get the abductees released through tribe elders and mediation.

The reports of Afghanistan abduction came over a month after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj announced in Parliament that 39 Indians kidnapped by the ISIS in 2014 in Mosul had been killed.

In 2016, 40-year-old Indian aid worker Judith D'Souza was kidnapped in Kabul.

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