KURRAM AGENCY The terrorists here on Sunday released 40 persons out of the 60 persons who were kidnapped on Saturday from Totkas area of Kurram Agency, while 10 of them managed to escape and rest of them were still in their custody. The terrorists agreed to release 40 kidnapped persons after holding successful negotiations with the elders of the area. Moreover 10 of the kidnapped persons managed to escape from militants captivity. Sources informed that talks were underway for the release of 10 others who had been shifted to an unknown locality. It is worth mentioning here that heavily-armed terrorists kidnapped 60 persons. They first kidnapped four employees of Wapda and set their vehicle on fire. Shortly afterwards, they also kidnapped 56 passengers. Reuters adds: Suspected militants released 50 people kidnapped on Saturday in Orakzai region, a government official said on Sunday. Militants dressed as policemen kidnapped 60 people in two incidents in Kurram on Saturday. Negotiations involving tribal elders were underway for the release of the remaining 10 hostages, regional government official Mumtaz Khan told Reuters. Militants seem reluctant to free them because they are government employees but we are making all our efforts and we have engaged tribal elders in the process, said Khan. Tribal elder Hameedullah Khan had a different account of what happened with the hostages, saying 40 were released, while 10 escaped and was optimistic the rest would be freed. The 10 men do not have identity cards so the Taliban are just holding them to verify their identity. Its not a big deal, Khan said.