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Sikh trader kidnapped in Pakistan: Report

January 24, 2013 17:02 IST

A member of the minority Sikh community was kidnapped from an area on the outskirts of Peshawar city in northwest Pakistan, according to media reports.

Ranbir Singh was standing outside his house in Quaidabad, a suburb of Peshawar, when unidentified armed men seized him and took him away in a car on Monday night.

Singh was a trader and had a shop in Karkhano Market of Peshawar, media reports said.

No group claimed responsibility for the abduction.

Earlier this month, Mohindar Singh, another Sikh trader from Jogan Shah area of Peshawar, was killed by militants in Khyber Agency. Mohinder was kidnapped in November.

Tawheedul Islam, a terrorist group, claimed responsibility for beheading Mohinder.

A note left with the body said he was killed for spying for a rival militant group, the Lashkar-e-Islam.

Mohinder Singh, 40, was a seller of herbal medicines, a trade that is common among Sikhs in northwest Pakistan. Sikhs have lived in Khyber Agency and other parts of the semi-autonomous tribal areas for over six decades.

Many Sikh families were forced to flee the tribal region after the Pakistan army launched operations against the Taliban and other terror groups over the past three years.

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