Afghan army launches rescue bid after helicopter reported shot down
“As I was walking down the road with the children there were two cars and three people were shooting towards us and one of them got killed. They are holding us hostage inside because they believe we are Taliban fighters,” the boy was quoted as saying in the news agency, adding that the militants had tried to hold him by shooting weapons at him. The boys and the children were taken to a nearby district hospital, according to the report.
Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Farooq, reporting f화천출장안마rom Kabul, said one of the gunmen was wounded, and was seen on camera with a bullet in the head.
But the army said it had carried out an operation to free the wounded boys.
Another eyewitness reported seeing a helicopter with a black box reporting an attack on a village nearby, a Taliban spokesman said.
“The Taliban are holding us for ransom,” Al Jazeera’s Farooq said, quoting local police.
Pakistan’s UN mission confirmed the deaths, but stressed that efforts to free the kidnapped were still ongoing.
“Pakistan is very concerned that our children, women and men are being held hostage in Afghanistan despite international efforts,” spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said in a statement.
Pentagon spokesman Jeff Davis said that American and coalition air force aircr일산출장안마aft had flown a special mission to Kandahar city, where they were providing security to international officials, on Sunday. The mission, US media outlet AFP reported, was carried out by a C-17 Hercules transport aircraft, carrying the Afghan Red Crescent and other aid, US-led forces.
Al Jazeera’s Nick Vaughters, reporting from Washington, said this type of rescue is common on the Afghan side, but the government had a tough time getting it done.
“It’s a kind of hostage-taking on a much larger scale than what you’ve seen over the last few weeks,” he said. “This is not just just an attempt to make an example 카지노 쿠폰of the group in Kabul that could be later dragged in to do more harm,” Vaughters added.
A US official speaking on condition of anonymity because the military has not disclosed the whereabouts of the kidnapped, told Al Jazeera that the Americans were doing all they could to free the hostages.
“This is a pretty desperate situation and we have a very high level of confidence that all the American forces in Kandahar are on the ground safely,” the official said.
On Tuesday, a Taliban spokesman accused foreign forces of kidnapping foreign children, using an unusua