Kabul, June 8: At least 40 people were kidnapped by the Taliban in Afghanistan's Kunduz province, media reported.
The victims travelling in a bus were stopped by the Taliban gunmen and took hostages just outside Kunduz city, reported the BBC citing an eye witness.
At least 12 people were shot dead by the Taliban militants in the same area last week.
The militants briefly overran Kunduz last autumn before security forces retook most of the city.
The Taliban continued to launch major attacks on government forces despite the internal conflict, and the war has shown no sign of abating over the past year.
The Taliban attacked checkpoints in the southern Helmand province late yesterday, killing four police, according to the provincial governor's spokesman, Omar Zawaq.
Militants frequently kidnap and kill travellers using roads passing through volatile regions of Afghanistan.