Parachinar: Militants free 22 passengers
PARACHINAR: The Kurram Agency-based Taliban on Tuesday released 22 of the 30 passengers kidnapped from the Thall-Parachinar Road on March 25, after receiving Rs30 million as ransom money, tribal sources said.
The sources said the release of the abducted passengers was made after the grand tribal jirga of elders and government officials negotiated with the militants in Kurram Agency. They said the militants had set several demands to the jirga, but agreed finally to release the passengers after payment of the ransom amount three days ago.
The militants handed over the hostages to the government officials and the jirga at Doaba located in Hangu district and were later shifted to the Frontier Corps (FC) Fort in the area, the sources added.
“However, the militants refused to set free eight passengers due to unknown reasons,” the sources said. The released persons included Syed Abid Hussain, Mir Hussain, Imdad Hussain, Muhammad Ayaz, Habib Hussain, Shoaib Hussain, Qaiser Hussain, Gulab Hussain, Iqbal Hussain, Hidayat Hussain, Rajab Ali, Syed Rafiq Hussain, Syed Asghar Hussain, Shujaat, Inayat Ali, Yakeen Ali, Muhammad Khan, Javeid Hussain, Zulfiqar Ali, Ibrar Hussain, Jamil, Owais and Prof Ghabis Hussain.
The 45 passengers who included women and children were kidnapped three months ago while they were on way to the Kurram Agency’s headquarters Parachinar near Bagan area located in lower tehsil of Kurram Agency.
The militants released the women and children soon after the incident while shifting the male abducted passengers to an unknown location. Later, tribal sources said the militants killed seven of the abducted passengers in the Ghulam Khan Ghund area in lower tehsil of Kurram Agency while 30 were kept in captivity.