Taliban carry out mass kidnapping in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province

“The Taliban abducted 70 people from their houses in a village along the Kandahar-Tarinkot highway, Friday. They killed seven of them today,” Abdul Raziq, the head of Kandahar provincial police, told AFP news agency on Saturday.

“Their bodies were found by villagers this [Saturday] morning,” Raziq added. “They released 30 and are still keeping around 30 others.”

The motive of kidnappings is unclear. Islamist militants usually abduct government officials and security personnel for ransom or to bargain for the release of detained jihadis.