Kabul: Seventeen civilians were abducted in Afghanistan’s Sari Pul province, an official said on Thursday.
 
“Armed men intercepted two mini buses and a truck late on Wednesday along a road connecting provincial capital Sari Pul city to Balkhab district. The attackers shifted the passengers to an unknown location,” the official told a leading news agency.
 
Efforts by security forces and local elders were underway to secure the safe release of the abductees from militants’ custody, the official said.