KABUL: FEB. 18 – A five-year-old Afghan boy, who was trapped in a 20-meter-deep dry well at mid-day on Tuesday, was found dead on Friday in Afghanistan’s Zabul province, an Interior Ministry official wrote on Twitter.
The unfinished water well was so narrow that rescuers were unable to go down to bring the boy, Haider, to the ground and rescue him, despite the fact that search and rescue teams had been looking for him for more than 70 hours, according to Anas Haqqani, a senior ministry official who tweeted from the site.
“Despite all efforts, Haider’s life was not saved, leaving millions of sympathizers heartbroken. We wish Haider’s family, particularly his mother, patience and a large reward from Allah Almighty “In a statement, the Taliban-led caretaker government said.
According to the source, dozens of excavators and bulldozers were used to dig a large hole near the mouth of the well to reach the boy in the Jaldak area of the province, 340 kilometers south of Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul.
According to local officials, the body of the unfortunate boy was extracted from the well around 10:30 a.m. (0630 GMT) Friday.
According to the government, Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, the acting defense minister of the caretaker government, arrived in Zabul province to monitor the rescue operation.