-  Monday 24 February 2020

One Nepali hostage dead, other freed

A Nepali kidnapped in Afghanistan’s capital two weeks ago has been released while the body of another was recovered after he apparently died of illness, the interior ministry said today.
A criminal gang that abducted the men on February 11 abandoned them late Monday as police were closing in on them, Deputy Interior Minister Abdul Malek Sidiqi said.
“The kidnappers, taking advantage of the cover of night, threw out the hostages. Unfortunately one of them who was suffering from a stomach problem was dead,” he told reporters.
The deceased, identified as Jeet Narayan, had been suffering from severe diarrhoea, said a spokesman for the interior ministry, which handles police matters.
The released man, Taman Singh Rana, said Narayan had been given medicine but it had not helped, spokesman Yousuf Stanizai said. The two were employed in Afghanistan as guards with a London-based security group, Armour Security Services, and were guarding a British aid agency based in the capital, Sidiqi said.
The aid group will arrange for the body and the freed man to be transported to the Nepalese embassy in the capital of neighbouring Pakistan, he said. Nepal does not have a mission in Kabul.
The kidnappers had been able to escape, the deputy minister said, describing them as “criminals and thieves”.
The gang of about eight men had “directly contacted the aid group” to demand a cash ransom for the release of the Nepalis but this was not paid, Sidiqi said. However, no ransom was paid.

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