PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Suspected Taliban militants in Afghanistan have kidnapped as many as 40 Pakistani boys after they inadvertently strayed across the border, Pakistani officials said on Friday.
The boys, from the town of Mamoun in the Pashtun tribal region of Bajaur, were trekking when they ended up in Afghanistan on Wednesday, the officials said.
"Now, they are being held by militants across the border," Pakistan government official Muhammad Haseeb Khan told Reuters.
It was not possible to verify the claim.
Security officials said they learned of the kidnappings when the parents of the children, members of a tribe that inhabits the frontier area, informed them of the abductions on Friday.