KABUL: Two Turkish teachers were abducted and later freed by the Taliban in the northern province of Balkh, according to a reliable source.
They both were reported to have been handed over to the Turkish government. However, the source did not provide the exact date for the abduction and release of the Turkish nationals.
This could be considered an act of intimidation by the militant group, given their recent warnings to Turkey about overstaying the September 11 deadline.
Earlier, Turkey announced that it would take responsibility for the security of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul.
Last Friday, the insurgent group also attacked the UN compound in western Herat province, injuring two workers and a guard.
The Taliban and Turkish embassy did not comment on the regard so far.