All 17 abductees released by armed insurgents in Ghazni following mediation by tribal elders

All the 17 people abducted by armed insurgents in eastern Ghazni province last week have been released, according to local officials.
The incident took place on Tuesday on the highway that connects Qarabagh with Jagori after insurgents stopped five passenger vehicles and abducted at least 17 passengers.
The vehicles were coming from provincial capital to Jaghori district of the province, according to officials.
The abducted were shifted to an undisclosed location.
Following the mediation by local tribal elders in Ghazni to facilitate the release of abducted men; seven abductees were set free on Wednesday.
The remaining ten hostages were released late on Friday and reunited with their families, local officials informed.
Security situation in Ghazni, especially on the roads leading to interior districts, continues to be volatile with heavy presence of armed opposition groups.
The kidnapping cases have also increased in in recent months.
In April, four people were abducted by unidentified gunmen in Jagori, a few days after the arrest of Taliban shadow governor for Jaghori district.

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