The Afghan Taliban has kidnapped dozens of civilians amid peace efforts, officials said

Kabul Taliban militants have kidnapped 60 civilians in central Afghanistan over the past week, officials said Sunday, with more than half of the US and other foreign powers attempting to resume peace talks.

According to provincial deputy governor Mohammed Ali Urugani, a Taliban took hostages in the central province of Daikundi after fleeing from a Taliban-controlled village in the neighboring province.

Uruguayan said 26 people, including women and children, were left behind and tribal elders were intervening to free the remaining civilians.

Taliban spokesman denies kidnapping of civilians

The militants signed a military withdrawal pact with the US in February, designed to pave the way for peace talks with the Afghan government, struggling to re-enforce strict Islamic law after being ousted from power in 2001. Is.

But since the official agreement on the release of Taliban prisoners has progressed, violence has erupted due to the agreement and disagreement.

Reducing tensions, a National Security Council spokesman said the Taliban killed more than 40 civilians across the country last week.

Spokeswoman Javid Faisal said on Twitter: "The Taliban have failed to provide assurances that they will reduce violence against the Afghan people and strive for peace."

The UN Mission in Afghanistan released a report Sunday expressing concern over 15 attacks on health workers and health care facilities during the coronavirus pandemic, most of which were attributed to the Taliban.

Taliban U.N. Gave up and dismissed the government's allegations that the government had caused civilian casualties in the previous week.

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