The Taliban Kidnaps Afghan Lawmaker and Her Three Children
A female lawmaker in the Afghanistan parliament and her three young children were kidnapped by Taliban gunmen as she made her way to celebration to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid, an official said Wednesday.
Fariba Ahmadi Kakar was travelling between Kandahar and Kabul at the weekend when gunmen swooped in and took them hostage, The Deputy Governor of the Ghazni Province, Mohammad Ali Ahmadi told NBC News.
An Afghan National Security Forces operation later freed the her daughters aged four and six and a third child whose gender and age are unknown, Ahmadi added.
But Kakar remains in captivity because she is being held in a separate location, he said.
Taliban Spokesman Zabulullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the kidnapping but would not say what the terms for her release might be.
However Ahmadi told NBC News that the militant group are demanding the release of prisoners in exchange for her freedom.