LANDI KOTAL: The political administration that has been groping in dark to trace whereabouts of kidnapped picnickers and again assured the families that they would be traced and recovered soon.

Political Agent Khyber Agency Khalid Mehmud also visited families of the kidnapped picnickers and told them that efforts were underway to trace their whereabouts.

He hoped that they would be recover safe and sound and extended financial assistance to the families.

Unknown armed persons kidnapped 17 picnickers from Inzernao area of Khyber Agency who reportedly went to areas on Pak-Afghan border on picnic.

Officials in the administration believe that they were kidnapped to Afghanistan after which a local Jirga visited Shinwari tribe on other side of the border. The Jirga asked the tribe for help trace and release of picnickers.