The PJ Tatler

Taliban Gunmen Seize Indian Head of Charity Organization in Herat

“With release of senior government officials, the Taliban will be encouraged to take hostages, plus there are still some foreigners with the Taliban,” political analyst Jawed Kohistani, once a cabinet official in the Karzai government, told Afghanistan’s Tolo News after the swap for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was announced. “This is a great benefit to the Taliban, it will have a negative impact on the peace talks process, and will encourage Taliban to increase their resistance in Afghanistan.” The Taliban wasted no time:


Details are still coming in, but Khaama Press said the Indian national was working for an NGO in Herat province.

“A local security official in Zenda Jan district said the incident took place on Monday afternoon while the aid worker was visiting the area to assess the work of a project,” reported the news agency.

In late May, four gunmen were killed when they tried to storm the Indian consulate in Herat.

The Taliban vowed in a statement over the weekend that since they got five of their commanders back in a swap for the U.S. hostage, they would henceforth be “determined to get all the Mujahidin prisoners released as soon as possible.”