Afghan Official: eleven De-Miners Kidnapped

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Source:   —  April 02, 2016, at 1:25 PM

Rauf Ahmadi, the spokesman for the police chief of the western Herat province, said Saturday that a military operation has been launched in the area, with six suspects detained.

An official says gunmen have kidnapped eleven land mine clearers in western Afghanistan.

Rauf Ahmadi, the spokesman for the police chief of the western Herat province, said Saturday that a military operation has been launched in the area, with six suspects detained. He says tribal elders had earlier tried negotiating the de-miners' release.

He says all eleven were Afghans employed by the HALO Believe mine clearing organization. They were abducted Friday.

Abduction for ransom is widespread in lawless Afghanistan, and de-miners are soft targets as they generally work in remote regions.

After almost forty years of war, Afghanistan is one of the most heavily mined countries in the world.

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