Teach­ers ab­ducted

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JALAL­ABAD: Sus­pected Is­lamic State (IS) mil­i­tants kid­napped 12teach­ers and two other staff of a re­li­gious school in the east­ern Afghan prov­ince of Nan­garhar, of­fi­cials said.

The teach­ers were taken on Sun­day when a group of IS fighters en­tered the school in Haska Mina dis­trict dur­ing an ex­am­i­na­tion, the ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ment in the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal Jalal­abad said.

It was not pos­si­ble to con­firm in­de­pen­dently that the fighters were from IS. No group has claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Kid­nap­ping for both crim­i­nal ran­som and po­lit­i­cal gain is a ma­jor problem in Afghanistan. – Reuters

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