(Kabul) A prominent doctor has been kidnapped and killed in northern Afghanistan, his family said on Saturday.
Mohammed Nader Alemi was kidnapped in the town of Mazar-e Sharif two months ago and his captors demanded ransom to release him, his son Roheen Alemi said.
He said the family eventually paid $ 350,000 after negotiations as the kidnappers demanded more than double.
Although paid, the kidnappers dR Alemi, leaving his body on the street, his son said. He said he phoned family members and told them where to find them on Friday.
“My father was severely tortured and there were signs of injuries on his body,” Rohin Alemi said.
Mohammad Nader Alemi, a psychiatrist, worked at a regional government hospital in Mazar-e Charif.
He also owns a private clinic, the city’s first private psychiatric clinic.
Under the previous US-backed government, crime, including kidnappings, increased for the ransom, forcing many businessmen to flee Afghanistan.
Kidnappings have continued since the Taliban came to power on August 15, but with a lower frequency.
Taliban Interior Ministry spokesman Saeed Khosti said Taliban forces had arrested eight suspected kidnappers behind the kidnapping of three people, including Dr.R Alemi, in Balkh Province, is home to the Mazar-e-Charif.
He said two of the abductees were rescued, but Mohammed Nader Alemi died in an attempt to rescue them.
Police are searching for two accomplices of the eight people who killed the doctor. “The Islamic Emirate is committed to finding and punishing criminals,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Taliban-led finance ministry has announced that it will pay three months’ salary to all government employees. The Taliban have not paid them salaries since they took control of the country.
The lack of wages for civil servants is also one of the factors fueling the growing poverty in Afghanistan amid a collapsing economy.
U.S. Special Envoy for Afghanistan Thomas West responded to an open letter sent by the Taliban’s Secretary of State to the U.S. Congress earlier this week.
In the letter, Aamir Khan Muttaqi said that US sanctions on the Taliban were fueling the financial crisis. He called on Congress to release billions of Afghan assets.
Thomas West said in a series of tweets that the Taliban had been warned that inhumane aid to Afghanistan would be halted if the rebels seized power militarily rather than through negotiations.
He said legitimacy should be achieved through the formation of a coalition government and “including equal access to education and employment” by respecting the rights of women and minorities.
Thomas West said the United States was providing $ 474 million in humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan through United Nations agencies.