Saturday, April 29, 2006

Hyderabad engineer kidnapped by Taliban

Hyderabad engineer kidnapped by Taliban

New Delhi: The Indian Government on Saturday confirmed that Afganistan's rebel Taliban outfit had kidnapped Hyderbad-based engineer A. Suryanarayana.

Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed said that Suryanarayana was working for the Bahraini company 'Al Mayyad'

which is into telecom and construction business in Afghanistan.

He said that the Government is in touch with the Indian Embassy in Afghanistan and the Bahraini company.

Suryanarayana was abducted on Friday evening while traveling from Kalat, the capital of Zabul, to Ghazni.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the abduction, but is yet to make its demands known.The kidnapping of Suryanarayana is the third incident in the last four months wherein an Indian has been targeted in Afghanistan.

The Taliban abducted Maniappan R Kutty, a Border Road Organization jawan and engaged in building of Zaranj-Delaram highway, four months ago. Three days after Kutty's kidnapping, his body was found in Kandahar province.

In February this year, Indian engineer Bharath Kunmar, working with a Turkish firm, was killed in a bomb blast in Farah province.

Indian doctors working in various hospitals in Afghanistan have also received threats from the Taliban, ousted from power in 2002.

New Delhi has taken up the issue of security of all Indians working in Afghanistan with Kabul at the highest level. The matter was also discussed when Afghan President Hamid Karzai when he visited Delhi earlier this month.



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