Taliban abducts 40 people on Kunduz highway

Taliban takes 40 more people hostage, officials say, as Afghan authorities recover 12 bodies of security personnel.

The attackers stopped two vehicles – a 50-seater bus and a station wagon – in Khanabad district on the road from Kunduz city to Takhar, police spokesman Mahfuzullah Akbari said on Wednesday.

Seven people managed to escape, Akbari added.

Taliban gunmen are increasingly staging ambushes on provincial highways and main roads in their war – now in its 15th year – to overthrow the Kabul government.

Last week, the Taliban killed 10 bus passengers, many of them summarily executed, and took hostage dozens of others also in Kunduz province.

The group said at the time that they were targeting Afghan security officials on board the buses.

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