Family members of a well-known Afghan psychiatrist revealed on Saturday, Nov. 20, that the doctor had been kidnapped and killed in Northern Afghanistan despite a hefty ransom being paid to secure his release.

According to The Associated Press, Mohamed Nader Alemi was kidnapped two months ago near Mazar-i-Sharif in northern Afghanistan. His kidnappers demanded a high ransom, but the family negotiated it down to $350,000; unfortunately, the kidnappers killed the doctor even after the family paid.

The country’s interior minister, Saeed Khosty, told the wire service that eight suspected kidnappers had been detained and that two other people who had been kidnapped had been rescued safely, New York Post reported.

“My father was badly tortured, there are signs of harm on his body,” Roheen Alemi, the doctor’s son, told the AP Friday.

In Afghanistan, crime, especially kidnappings, increased during the previous regime. Kidnappers have been publicly hanged under the Taliban’s rule, which came to power in August when the United States withdrew from Afghanistan.

“The Islamic Emirate is committed to find and punish the perpetrators,” a Taliban spokesman said of the incident.

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