Afghanistan Hostage crisis: Taliban take more than 100 hostage in bus ambush

Kabul, Aug 20 ; The Taliban fighters on Monday ambushed a convoy of buses in  Afghanistan’s Kunduz province, taking more than 100 passengers hostages, despite President Ashraf Ghani’s call on Sunday for a ceasefire with the Taliban during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha later this week.

Taliban took more than 100 people, including women and children, hostage in ambush in northern Afghanistan.

Mohammad Yusouf Ayubi, the head of the provincial council in Kunduz province said ,insurgents stopped three buses on the road near Khan Abad district and abducted more than 100 passengers, including women and children.

A member of the Passenger Bus Union told the Afghan news service Tolo that there were about 170 passengers on the buses.

While the area is under Taliban control, the militant group appeared to deny the attack Monday.

“This news is being transmitted now by all media like wildfire,” said a Twitter message posted on the official Taliban page Monday. “Either it’s true and this will put question marks about the real identity of the detainees or it’s simply a fake news considering the source.”



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