September 21, 2014
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Officials say armed men have kidnapped more than 30 elders in a remote part of eastern Afghanistan.
A spokesman in Nangarhar province, Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, said Sunday that officials are working to negotiate the release of the victims, who were taken three days earlier.
He added that around 15 people already have been freed and that the kidnappers have demanded that any elders' relatives working for the Afghan police quit their posts.
Abdulzai - who said elders from the districts of Goshta and Lalpur were among those taken - did not provide further details on where or how the kidnappings were carried out.
No one has claimed responsibility for the kidnappings. Several armed groups operate in the area where the elders were taken.
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