Taliban Gunmen Kill 16 Afghans in Northern Bus, kidnap 170 passengers


New Delhi : A painful news comes from Taliban, Taliban gunmen killed at least 16 Afghan civilians and took more than 200 hostages from six buses traveling in the Aliabad district of the northern province of Kunduz late Monday. More than 30 people are still being held by the Taliban in an unknown location after 150 were freed.

Tuesday morning, Mahmood Danish, a spokesman for the Kunduz government, said by phone. The buses were heading from the capital, Kabul, to the northern regions of Takhar and Badakhshan, he said. The Taliban have yet to claim responsibility for the incident. The war in Afghanistan killed or wounded a record 11,000 civilians last year, taking the total toll to 60,000 since the United Nations began compiling the data in 2009. The conflict against the Taliban, now in its 15th year, has cost the U.S. more than $700 billion and killed more than 2,300 American soldiers.