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Efforts underway to rescue abducted Indians in Afghanistan

Security officials in Afghanistan are working with local tribal elders to trace the seven Indian engineers abducted by the Taliban gunmen in the restive northern Baghlan province, media reports said on Monday.

Provincial police spokesman Zabiullah Shuja confirmed that the seven Indian engineers were abducted from the vicinity of Cheshma-e-Sher earlier today. He said the Indian engineers were working on a project for the construction of a substation and were kidnapped by the militants as they were travelling in the area to inspect the work progress.

Provincial governor Abdul Nemati said the security forces and the local officials are busy tracking the missing engineers and their driver. He said apart from the security forces and the government officials, the local tribal elders have also stepped up their efforts for the release of the Indian nationals.

The external affairs ministry from New Delhi has assured that they are constantly in touch with their Afghan counterparts.

The anti-government armed militant groups including Taliban militants have not yet commented regarding the report so far.

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