PESHAWAR: Six people, including the guard and driver of the district officer revenue (DoR) Bannu, were kidnapped in a brazen action by over two dozen armed men who erected barricades in Darwazgai area of Matani on the Kohat Road in broad daylight on Wednesday.
The DoR Bannu, Sajid Nawaz, however, managed to escape when police arrived at the spot and reportedly exchanged fire with the fleeing kidnappers. The police claimed they had also recovered the three vehicles from which seven persons were kidnapped.
The police said the DoR was recovered after an exchange of fire with the kidnappers who took the other six persons along with them.
Sajid Nawaz along with his driver Rashid and police constable Umar, his guard, was on way from Bannu to Peshawar when they were intercepted by around two dozen gunmen on the main Kohat Road. The official told the police that they all were taken hostage by the kidnappers.
The police and the local sources said the armed men also intercepted two other vehicles after the car of the DoR. They kidnapped four persons in the two cars, including two employees of a cellular phone company and industrialists from Wah in Punjab province.
A search operation was launched in Matani and nearby tribal area for the recovery of the kidnapped persons.
It could not be confirmed if the crime was committed by plain kidnappers or militants.
Kidnappings are once again on the rise in Peshawar as the police and other law-enforcement agencies have failed to recover the kidnapped persons, including some high-profile figures, and bust the criminal rings.
The area is infamous for kidnappings and other crimes as it is close to the tribal regions of Darra Adamkhel and Khyber Agency.
Three employees of the Peshawar Electricity Supply Company (Pesco) along with 11 labourers were kidnapped in February from the nearby Frontier Road in Badaber when they were busy repairing a blown-up power pylon. The matter was discussed with the provincial government but the kidnapped officials are yet to be recovered.
The kidnapped officials included junior officials of Pesco, Linemen Fayyaz, Altaf and Sohail and 11 labourers who were repairing the Power Tower No 24 near the Frontier Road, in the jurisdiction of Badaber Police Station. The pylon had been blown up by the militants a couple of months back.