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Kabul Korrespondence

Fresh, factual, and funky view of Afghanistan and the surrounding Central Asian region

Taliban breaks it own world record!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Suspected Taliban militants have kidnapped 156 civilian labourers who were traveling in three buses in southwestern Afghanistan, Afghan authorities said Monday. 

"They were working for a construction company which is contracted to build facilities for the ANA (Afghan National Army)," he said. 

The provincial governor, Roh-Ul Ameen, confirmed the mass abduction."We are trying through tribal elders to secure their release." 

The group was captured in the Bala Buluk area, where Taliban have previously been active.

This one, if confirmed to be the work of the Taliban, would be the largest abduction by the Al-Qaeda-linked militia. Their last world breaking record was 
twenty-three South Korean hostages were kidnapped in the central province of Ghazni a year ago. Two were killed before the remainder were released after controversial talks between the Taliban and South Korean government.
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