Chitral: Taliban release abducted labourers
CHITRAL: As reported by the Dawn News on Monday, the remaining three of the six labourers, kidnapped from Kalash valley of Chitral and taken to Nuristan province of Afghanistan in August last, were released by Taliban on Saturday. The other three kidnapped labourers were already beheaded by their captors. The released persons included Sher Zamin, Mohammad Zaman and Umara Khan. They were handed over to Pakistani officials Arandu, an area near the borer between Pakistan and Afghanistan. The freed labourers were then taken to the office of district coordination officer. DCO Rahmatullah Wazir told local journalists that Taliban released the labourers unconditionally after holding negotiations with local elders. Three of the six labourers kidnapped from the Bumburate forest were beheaded and their bodies were found near the border a day before Eidul Fitr. Malakand Taliban had accepted responsibility for the incident. All the kidnapped persons belonged to Doog Darra area of Upper Dir district. The services of the labourers were hired by a local contractor for harvesting of pine forest in Chitral. The released persons recalled that they were kept in a separate place and they did not know about the murder of their fellows.
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