WORLD 1 killed, hostage rescued in Afghanistan


1 killed, hostage rescued in Afghanistan


15:02, January 16, 2022

Photo taken on Aug. 20, 2021 shows a view in Kabul, Afghanistan. (File photo: Saifurahman Safi/Xinhua)

KABUL, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- One suspected kidnapper has been killed and four suspects arrested after intelligence personnel of Afghanistan's caretaker government busted an armed kidnapping group in western province of Herat, Afghan General Directorate of Intelligence (GDI) confirmed on Sunday.

The Special Forces of GDI launched an operation against a hideout of a kidnapping gang in Guzara, a district on outskirts of provincial capital Herat city on Saturday, the agency tweeted.

According to the source, a kidnapped teenager, son of a known local goldsmith, was freed from the gang's clutch. The group was involved in several armed kidnapping incidents in the province, 640 km in the west of Afghanistan's Kabul.

The Taliban-run administration has vowed to crack down on the outlaws to ensure law and order in war-torn Afghanistan.

On Friday, security personnel rescued a famous physician and arrested eight people charged with involvement in the abduction in Kabul.

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