Casualties mount in blast at Afghan voter registration centre

US ready to work with Pakistan to promote regional peace

Unidentified armed men abducted five Indians working for Indian infrastructure company in Afghanistan's Baghlan province.

He claimed that when the Afghan nationals talked with the Taliban through the locals, they (the Taliban) said that the insurgents thought the seven were Afghan government employees.

Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani spoke to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj over telephone and assured her that security forces are trying to release the abducted Indians from grip of kidnappers and ensure their security, the official Bakhtar news agency said. Worshippers had finished afternoon prayers at the mosque, which was also being used as a voter registration center for upcoming parliamentary elections. However, no group has claimed responsibility for the abduction so far.

Last month, an IS suicide bomber attacked a voter registration centre in Kabul, killing 60 people and wounding at least 130 others.

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Habib Shah Ansari, head of the Khost health department says 17 are confirmed dead. But the Taliban, and the local cell of the Islamic state oppose democratic elections in the country.

Afghan news channel TOLO news reported that the Taliban militants abducted six Indians, working for Maharashtra-based company KEC, and their Afghan driver early this morning in Bagh-e-Shamal area of the provincial capital Pul-e-Khomri, while the Associated Press said seven Indian electrical engineers were kidnapped.

Founded in Afghanistan, a vehicle taking shop keepers on their way to current market struck a road side bomb from Afghanistan's northern Faryab province, murdering a few. Abdullah Hsart, the provincial governor's spokesman, said the attack late on Saturday targeted Hazart Mohammad Rodwal, a district chief, who was among the wounded.

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