Security officials in Afghanistan are working with local tribal elders to trace the seven Indian engineers abducted by the Taliban gunmen in the restive northern Baghlan province, media reports said on Monday.
He claimed that when the Afghan nationals talked with the Taliban through the locals, they (the Taliban) said that the insurgents thought the seven were Afghan government employees. "We are in contact with the Afghan authorities and further details are being ascertained".
Mohammad Arif Noori, the spokesman for the provincial governor, said the militants were planning to wrest control of an arterial road and had attacked many security check posts. IS is not known to have a presence in Khost, but has expanded its footprint into other areas in recent years.
Qatar has condemned the bombing of a mosque in eastern Afghanistan's province of Khost on Sunday, which caused several deaths and injured worshippers.
Provincial police spokesman Zabiullah Shuja said the Indian engineers of KEC International, an RPG group company, were working on a project for the construction of a power sub-station.
Last month, an IS suicide bomber attacked a voter registration centre in Kabul, killing 60 people and wounding at least 130 others.
The Taliban have stepped up attacks across the country, after they announced their annual spring offensive, a start of the fighting season as the weather allows easier maneuverability through Afghanistan's mountains. However, Afghan Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid was quoted in Times of India saying that, "So far, we don't have any update about the abduction issue".
No group has claimed any responsibility for today's deadly attack.