Armed men abduct Afghanistan’s district governor

AYBAK, AFGHANISTAN (XINHUA) – Unknown armed men abducted the governor of Dara-e-Suf Bala district in the northern Samangan province yesterday amid the implementation of “Reduction in Violence” or partial ceasefire observed by the Taleban group since Saturday, local official Abdul Yaqin Ahmadi said.

“Ahmad Ali Hasani, the governor of Dara-e-Suf Bala district was on his way to office today morning but unfortunately the armed insurgents affiliated with the Taleban group intercepted his car and took the governor along with two of his bodyguards to an unknown location,” Ahmadi told Xinhua via telephone.

“Mullah Anas, the military chief of the Taleban militants for Samangan province, is behind the crime,” the official asserted.

Samangan province with Aybak as its capital, 215km north of Kabul, has been the scene of militants’ activities over the past few years.

The Taleban outfit agreed to observe a seven-day so-called “Reduction in Violence” or partial ceasefire that began on Saturday.