QUETTA - Taliban kidnappers released four kidnapped employees of Balochistan Rural Support Programme (BRSP) apparently getting ransom amount after keeping them in captivity for eight months.

The kidnappers had also killed two employees after not getting ransom and threatened to kill all others if their demands were not met immediately.

Six employees of BRSP were kidnapped by a group of armed men from Barshore area of Pishin district, about 70 kilometres away from Quetta, on December 13, 2011 and were taken to Waziristan.

According to BRSP officials, the kidnappers released four of them, including Bashir Ahmed, Mujeebur Rehman, Nematullah and Dawood Shah. “The employees were released in Waziristan and brought to Islamabad,” they said, adding they would reach Quetta on Sunday (today). However, it could not be confirmed how much was paid for the safe release of four employees of BRSP.

It may be recalled that the kidnappers were demanding Rs 250 million as ransom money for the release of six BRSP employees and when they were not paid, they killed one of the employees, Maqbool Ahmed, resident of Kuchlak on March 20 last and Abdul Ghafoor, resident of Pishin, on May 25 last and sent their videos to their families.

Due to the warning of kidnappers, the relatives of the kidnapped employees had also set up a camp to collect donations to pay the ransom.

The BRSP is working in various areas of Balochistan on different projects, including provision of clean drinking water, education and health so that the standard of people in remote areas of the province could be improved.

It is pertinent to mention here that Health Programme Manager Khalil Rasjed Dale, a British national of ICRC, was kidnapped from near his office in Quetta on January 5 and Taliban claimed his kidnapping and demanded $30 million as ransom. However, Dale was shot dead and his body found dumped in Quetta on April 29 after kidnappers did not get the ransom amount.