New Delhi: Seven Indian nationals working for a power company in Afghanistan's northern Baghlan province were abducted, allegedly by Taliban gunmen, on Sunday, Times of India reported.
There was speculation over the exact number of men but they are understood to have been accompanied by a driver, an Afghan national, who is also missing.
The abduction takes place after India and China announced that they will develop a project jointly in Afghanistan, is a reminder of the vulnerability of Indian projects that have been targeted by Taliban and other extremist militia.
The MEA in New Delhi said it was in touch with Afghan authorities and was ascertaining details of the incident.
"We are aware of the abduction of Indian nationals from Baghlan province in Afghanistan. We are in contact with the Afghan authorities and further details are being ascertained," MEA official spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.