The International Assistance Mission (IAM) operating in Afghanistan confirmed on Friday that the Taliban had invaded the organization’s office in central Ghor province twice this month and taken its staff, Voice of America reported.
The Swiss-registered charity said there was a foreigner among those detained, but it did not specify the nationality of the person.
According to local media, a regional government spokesman said several women, including an American, were among the people arrested. He added that they were detained on charges of “spreading and promoting Christianity” in Afghanistan.
“We are not aware of the circumstances that led to these incidents and have not been informed why our employees are being detained,” the IAM statement said.
“The well-being and safety of our colleagues is of the utmost importance to us and we are doing everything in our power to ensure their safety and speedy release,” the statement read. According to IAM, the prisoners were transferred to the Afghan capital, Kabul.
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