BAJAUR AGENCY - Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Saturday claimed responsibility for kidnapping 27 boys as a revenge for backing government actions against them by their families in Bajaur Agency. The TTP has kidnapped up to 27 boys from Bajaur Agency the other day, Ihsanullah Ihsan, calling himself the Central Spokesman TTP, told journalists of the agency on telephone from unknown destination. He said the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed the responsibility for taking 27 boys hostage from Khakhi area on Pak-Afghan boarder. Ages of the kidnapped boys were up to 20 to 26 years, he said, adding that the reason behind it was that the families of these boys were supporting government and military actions against the militants in Bajaur Agency. The TTP will interrogate and its Shura will decide the fate of these boys, Ihsanullah said. It is worth mentioning here that to enjoy Eid-ul-Fitr, about 45 children, all from Bajaur Agency, went for picnic to Khakhi area in tehsil Mamond on Pak-Afghan border, and mistakenly crossed into Kunar province of Afghanistan on Thursday. They were kidnapped by armed militants at gunpoint and were shifted to mountainous area of Kunar. The TTP spokesman did not disclose where these boys had been kept, however he said the TTP Shura would decide their fate. Meanwhile, a boy named Akhtar Mohammad, who had escaped when the militants took his other colleagues hostage at gunpoint, while narrating the story said they had gone to enjoy Eid-ul-Fitr at Swada Mandai area on Pak-Afghan boarder on their own. Swada Mandai, he informed, is situated on one kilometre distance from the boarder. We were dancing and cheering up, when suddenly a group of 12 persons, who were well armed, appeared. They were hiding in the fields, he said adding that, some of us, like me, escaped well, while many other were taken hostage. Meanwhile, a 30-member jirga of Mamond tribe will go to Kunar province of Afghanistan to help safe release of 27 boys kidnapped by militants soon, however it has called for security assurance by the Afghan government. To discuss the release of 27 Pakistani boys, who had mistakenly crossed into Kunar province of Afghanistan and had reportedly been made hostage by Taliban, a meeting of tribal elders hailing from Mamond tribe of Bajaur Agency was held in Bar Khlozo locality. A 30-memebr jirga was formed for the purpose. Officials of the political administration of the agency also attended the meeting. It was decided that they would jointly work for the release of the detained boys. The participants of the jirga expressed concern over the kidnapping of boys and condemned it. They were of the views that it would spoil cordial relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan. The meeting demanded of the Afghan government to take solid steps to ensure the release of the kidnapped boys. It called upon the administration of Kunar to play active role in this regard. Moreover, it was also decided that the jirga would contact Mamond tribesmen living across the boarder in Afghanistan to seek their role in the release of the boys. It was also decided that the jirga would soon leave for Kunar. However, it has also been learnt that some members of the jirga are reluctant to go to Afghanistan, as they call for security assurance from the Afghan govt. A jirga member while talking to this correspondent on condition of anonymity said that they would not go to Afghanistan until they get security assurance from Afghan government. It would be a huge risk to put our lives in danger if we go there without security assurance by Afghan authorities, he said. Afghan border police commander General Aminullah Amarkhel, the governor of Kunar, where the boys vanished, Fazlullah Wahidi, and the local Afghan Taliban commander all told AFP on Friday they were unaware of the incident. Afghanistan shares an unmarked 2,400-kilometr border with Pakistan, and Taliban and other Al-Qaeda-linked militants have carved out strongholds on either side.