150 Indian citizens allegedly abducted by the Taliban have been released and have reached Kabul airport, according to sources.
According to a report by NDTV, 150 Indian citizens allegedly abducted by the Taliban terrorists on Saturday morning, have been released and have reached Kabul airport, sources said. Sources also added that they will be airlifted out of Afghanistan soon.
As per the government source, the Indians picked up by the Taliban are in no immediate danger, and they were taken in trucks to a nearby police station for questioning. The source also added that back channel talks were initiated to secure their release.
Earlier in the morning, several Afghanistan media channels and journalists claimed that Taliban had abducted over 150 people, including Indians. However, one Taliban spokesperson was quick to refute the reports of abduction.
The reports of alleged abduction came shortly after the IAF managed to airlift around 85 Indians from Kabul; the plane has landed safely in Tajikistan, sources said, adding that a second aircraft is on standby in India for further evacuations.