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Official: 34 abducted from camp in northwest Pakistan

From Shaan Kaan, for CNN
updated 12:54 AM EDT, Sat October 1, 2011
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • 30 coal miners and 4 road workers are kidnapped, a political official says
  • They had set up camps overnight in Bara Tehsil in Kyber Agency
  • Violence and abductions are nothing new to the volatile region

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- Unknown assailants abducted 34 men early Friday in northwestern Pakistan, a senior political official said.

The kidnapped include 30 coal miners and four road construction workers, said Mohammad Iqbal. They had been staying overnight in tents in Bara Tehsil in Kyber Agency, a volatile tribal region in northwest Pakistan.

Iqbal said that no one has claimed responsibility for the abductions, adding that an investigation was being conducted.

That said, violence and kidnapping are not new to northwest Pakistan, near the Afghanistan border. It has a strong pro-Taliban presence and is home to members of the Haqqani network.

Last Tuesday, for instance, militants on motorcycles attacked a convoy of tankers carrying fuel for NATO through the area, senior Pakistani police official Ismail Kurd said.

U.S. authorities have responded with numerous suspected drone strikes, like the one that Pakistani officials said Friday killed three suspected militants.

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