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5 killed after security forces bust kidnapping gang in E. Afghanistan

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  • 21st December, 2021 04:57:38 PM
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Five people were killed after intelligence personnel of Afghanistan's caretaker government busted an armed kidnapping group in Jalalabad city, capital of eastern Nangarhar province on Tuesday, the local government confirmed.

"The Special Forces of General Directorate of Intelligence (GDI) launched an operation against a hideout of a kidnapping gang in Qasaba locality, Police District 1 of Jalalabad city Tuesday morning. As a result of the operation, three members of the gang were killed," the government said in a statement.

A kidnapped goldsmith and a GDI personnel were also killed during the firefight and the groups' hideout was destroyed following the raid, the statement said.

Two suspected men were arrested and a handful of weapons and ammunition were seized by the security forces, according to the statement.

The group was involved in several armed kidnapping incidents in Nangarhar, the statement said.