Taliban kidnap 35 professors

Taliban fighters

Mr. Manapal said tribal elders had started negotiating their release with the Taliban.

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Dawa-Khan Minapal, the spokesperson for Afghanistan Southern Provincial Governor, said on Tuesday that Taliban insurgents had kidnapped 35 professors from Kandahar University after stopping their van on the highway to Kabul.

He said the professors were on their way to Kabul when they were abducted.

Mr. Manapal said tribal elders had started negotiating their release with the Taliban.

He said this was coming ahead of Saturday’s run-off vote to replace President Hamid Karzai.

Mr. Manapal said security was being ramped up in Afghanistan.

(Reuters/NAN)

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