Afghanistan races to rescue stranded boy for 2 days


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A boy in Zabul province, Afghanistan, slipped down an 80ft shaft more than 48 hours ago and contacted rescuers, according to reports released Friday.

The Guardian newspaper reported that rescuers were able to lower a video camera down to Haidar, who is stuck about 70ft below. His father tried to reassure him and told him to keep talking.

The boy’s age has varied across media outlets, with some reporting he was just five and nine. He is stuck but appears to be able to move his arms and upper body, according to Al Jazeera.

Rescuers try to reach and save a boy who was stuck for two days in a well in a remote southern Afghan village of Shokak in Zabul province. (Photo by JAVED TANVEER/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by JAVED TANVEER/AFP via Getty Images)

Abdullah Azzam, secretary to Deputy Prime Minister Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, tweeted that there was an ambulance at the scene in Shokak village and other emergency equipment including oxygen.

Afghans gather as rescuers try to reach and rescue a boy trapped for two days in a well in a remote village of Shokak in southern Afghanistan. (Photo by Javed TANVEER/AFP) (Photo by JAVED TANVEER/AFP via Getty Images)

Afghans gather as rescuers try to reach and rescue a boy trapped for two days in a well in a remote village of Shokak in southern Afghanistan. (Photo by Javed TANVEER/AFP) (Photo by JAVED TANVEER/AFP via Getty Images)
((Photo by JAVED TANVEER/AFP via Getty Images))

A Taliban official did not immediately respond to Fox News.

The report says rescue teams are trying to reach the boy by digging to his location at an angle.

Earlier this month, a Moroccan boy, who was also five, was trapped in a well in Morocco for five days before he died.

Morocco’s King Mohammed VI closely followed the painstaking rescue efforts and expressed his condolences to the boy’s parents in a statement released by the palace.

The Associated Press contributed to this report


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