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Kidnapped UN officials recovered


PESHAWAR: Three kidnapped UN officials were safely recovered within hours after being abducted Monday as the Khasadar force overpowered the fleeing miscreants after a shootout that left one Khasadar killed and four others injured in Landi Kotal area of Khyber Agency.
The kidnappers in their bid to shift the abductors to some unknown destination in the agency had also seized Tehsildar Landi Kotal Javedullah Mehsud.

According to the Political Administration, the armed and masked miscreants kidnapped three officials of World Food Programme (WFP) from Neki Khel area of Landi Kotal tehsil while they were on their way to Torkhum in a vehicle. After receiving the information, the administration put the Khasadar force on high alert. Responding quickly, the Khasadars chased the kidnappers and after an exchange of fire near Ziaray Kandow area the miscreants changed their route.

However they were again intercepted by the law enforcers in Walikhel area from where they also picked up the political Tehsildar. In a shootout in Walikhel area security personnel Riaz was killed while four Khasadar sustained injuries. The law enforcers tightened their cordon around the kidnappers who first released the Tehsildar and after some distance the WFP officials were also set free by the fleeing miscreants.-SANA



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