A prominent doctor has been kidnapped and killed in northern Afghanistan, his family announced Friday.
Muhammad Nader Alimi was kidnapped two months ago in the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, and his kidnappers demanded a ransom in exchange for his release, according to his son Rouhin Alimi.
Taliban fighters in Mazar-i-Sharif (archive)
The son said the family paid the kidnappers $350,000, after they negotiated a reduction in the amount they initially requested, which was more than double that amount.
The son explained that despite the payment of the amount, the kidnappers killed Al-Alimi and left his body in the street, indicating that they called the family and told them where the body was on Thursday.
” My father was subjected to severe torture, there are signs of harm on his body,” said Rohin Alimi .
Doctor Muhammad Nader Alimi
Alimi, a neurologist, worked at a regional government hospital in Mazar-i-Sharif. He also owned a private clinic, said to be the first private psychiatric clinic in the city.
Under the previous US-backed government, crimes including frequent kidnappings for ransom increased, prompting many businessmen to flee Afghanistan.
The kidnappings have continued since the Taliban seized power on August 15, albeit at a slower rate