PESHAWAR- At least 18 tribesmen were kidnapped yesterday night by armed gunmen from Badhber area on the outskirts of Peshawar , the capital of restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Official sources said that about 60 to 70 armed gunmen raided Faqeer Kalley in Mashokhel area of Badbher, at around 8 pm some  kilometres away from the main city and kidnapped 18 people from the village.

The local people and the police said the kidnapped people belonged to the Shinwari tribe of Afridis

According to residents of the area, it was a case of kidnapping for ransom, adding that the Shinwari community was very wealthy.

Police filed a First Information Report at the Badhber police station and an investigation is underway.

No one has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.