Taliban kidnap British engineer
By Mudassir Ali Shah
KABUL: Suspected Taliban militants kidnapped a British engineer and killed four Afghan policemen in an attack on a road construction company’s office in the relatively peaceful western province of Farah, security officials said on Thursday.
In the wake of the daring assault – highlighting the increasing insecurity in the build-up to the September 18 legislative elections – the gunmen also took hostage an Afghan interpreter working for a Turkish company, the Herat-Kandahar highway security chief said. Commander Mohammad Naeem told Daily Times that the rebels ambushed a car of the Turkish company, killing four policemen and abducting the British engineer. The incident took place late Wednesday near the Aab-i-Khurma neighbourhood in Farah. Purported Taliban spokesman Latifullah Hakimi, claiming responsibility for the assault, identified the kidnapped engineer as David.