Under threat: Eight coalminers kidnapped from Balochistan

Men were asleep in makeshift camps when armed men took them captive.

Shezad Baloch December 26, 2013
File photo of a coal mine. PHOTO: PPI/FILE


A group of armed men kidnapped eight coalminers from the Shahrag area of the Harnai district, about 167 kilometres from Quetta in the early hours of Wednesday.

According to the Balochistan Tehsildar of Shahrag Sajjad Gul Kakar, coalminers were sleeping in their makeshift camps near the coalfield when a group of armed men surrounded the camp and abducted eight coalminers at gunpoint.

“Initial investigations suggest that one of the Baloch groups have kidnapped these coalminers,” Kakar told The Express Tribune.

The kidnappers had taken away the coalminers to mountainous area. “The coalminers belonged to Khyber Pakhtunkwa and a manhunt has been mounted in the area,” another senior official said.

 photo 18_zps1649bd2e.jpg

He said groups often kidnap coalminers in order to bar companies from extracting coal and other resources.

A few years ago, Baloch groups warned companies against carrying out any project in Balochistan and threatened to target the companies if they engage in such activities.

However, no group has so far claimed responsibility for these kidnappings.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 26th, 2013.


Jahangir | 9 years ago | Reply

Poor workers, it's a shame they are working for gov and country without any security on those mine areas.

Replying to X

Comments are moderated and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive.

For more information, please see our Comments FAQ

Most Read