Taliban Kidnaps at Least 60, Kills 7 in Southern Afghanistan

Taliban militants stand with their weapons in Ahmad Aba district on the outskirts of Gardez the capital of Paktia province Afghanistan

Taliban militants stand with their weapons in Ahmad Aba district on the outskirts of Gardez the capital of Paktia province Afghanistan

Around 30 people have been released while 30 others remain missing, Kandahar police spokesman Zia Durrani told AFP.

The insurgents have a heavy presence in Uruzgan, a poppy-growing area.

They have not reacted to this information and have not assumed responsibility for the operation. "They killed seven of them today, their bodies were discovered by (other) villagers this morning" Saturday. In western Farah province, a ferocious gun battle between the Afghan army and Taliban insurgents left six Afghan soldiers dead and 12 Taliban killed, said Mohammad Naser Mehri, spokesman for the provincial governor.

The transaction was confirmed Saturday evening by officials of the independent commission of human rights in Kandahar and Kabul-in a statement condemning the abduction and execution of civilians.

"A member of parliament fought back in that district until it collapsed, the forces also resisted and sustained casualties", said CEO Abdullah Abdullah. Usually, they intercept the vehicles on the road and check the quality of the passengers, in particular if they are linked to the government.

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Abdul Raziq, head of Kandahar provincial police, on July 22 said the attackers kidnapped the villagers from homes along the main highway in the province, later killing at least seven of them.

In recent days, Taliban have launched dozens of attacks in northern Afghanistan, temporarily closing a key highway between the capital Kabul and northern Afghanistan.

The district, laying in north of provincial capital Lashkar Gah city, has been the scene of heavy clashes between security forces and Taliban since early Thursday after Taliban attacked security checkpoints with suicide auto bombs and heavy weapons.

Civilians are increasingly caught in the crosshairs of Afghanistan's worsening conflict as the Taliban step up their annual spring offensive launched in April.

"The enemy can not maintain the capture of any district for long", Waziri said, adding that additional Afghan forces were being sent to Faryab and Ghor, which should help the government retake them in "four or five days".

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