Taliban kidnap humanitarian demining team in Afghanistan

December 1, 2010 10:31


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KABUL, Afghanistan — Taliban militants are holding eight members of an Afghan demining team after ambushing the group Wednesday in eastern Afghanistan and setting fire to two of their vehicles, officials said.

Fazel Wahab, a deminer working for OMAR, a humanitarian group working to find and dismantle homemade bombs, said militants attacked the 16-member team near the Torkham border crossing in Nangarhar province.

Several hours later, the Taliban released eight of his colleagues, who contacted the organization to report that they had been freed, Wahab said. The militants are still holding the other eight.

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