A day after the Government in Kabul announced the ceasefire with Islamist militants, it has been reported that the terrorist outfit Taleban has kidnapped dozens of civilians.
According to the report, Taleban insurgents have kidnapped more than a dozen passengers from around three vehicles. The incident occurred on Monday when the Taleban insurgents stopped three buses that were travelling in the northern province of Kunduz in Afghanistan.
Detailing the incident the spokesperson of Afghanistan’s Northern Province of Kunduz’s Governor, Ismatullah Muradi opined that the incident of kidnapping occurred on Monday morning when the insurgents stopped three busses that were coming from Takhar province to the capitol of Afghanistan, Kabul, and then kidnapped the passengers.
Ismatullah stated, “The buses were stopped by the Taleban fighters, passengers were forced to step down, and they have been taken to an undisclosed location.”
It was earlier stated that the President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, amid increased tussle between the Western-backed government and Nato coalition forces in Kabul, has declared a provisional ceasefire with the militant outfit Taleban on Sunday, marking the holiday of Eid al-Adha.
It was also reported that some Taleban leaders had agreed, provisionally, on a four-day ceasefire, however, the supreme commander of the Taleban Sheikh Haibatullaj Akhunzada was still to give his nod to the truce proposal. The militant outfit also announced, according to reports, that they would free hundreds of prisoners. However, no further details were given, on how they plan to achieve the announcement.
A member of provisional council Kunduz informed that ‘a total of 300 to 400 passengers’ who were travelling in the busses were kidnapped, although it has not been confirmed if the Taleban is behind this incident.
It was also stated in a report that officials were dispatched to investigate the incident and work towards rescuing the kidnaped passengers.
It may also be mentioned here that, earlier this year India had announced a ceasefire against militant groups operating in Jammu and Kashmir to mark the holy month of Ramadan. However, various Islamists groups and militants used the ceasefire to undertake in various offensives, which resulted in a spike in terrorist activities in the region.
The issue also engulfed the coalition government of BJP in Jammu and Kashmir, and resulted in deployment of military rule in the state, amid mounting calls of an early assembly election.