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Afghan militants kidnap two charity workers and their guides

Posted by The Agonist on May 24th, 2012

From our partners at The Agonist

Lianne Gutcher | Kabul | May 24

The Independent – Two foreign medical workers and their three Afghan translators have been abducted in a remote part of north-east Afghanistan.

The women and their interpreters were travelling on horseback between the districts of Yaftal and Ragh in Badakhshan province when they were snatched by gunmen on Tuesday evening. The nationalities of the women were not disclosed.

The team, thought to have been with the Swiss aid organisation Medair, were on a trip to help women and children in rural areas. Abdul Maroof Rasek, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said the group was taken to a town in Ragh, adding: “So far, the kidnappers have not been in touch with officials or police, and there has been no ransom demand.”

He said district elders had been asked to ask for help find the kidnap victims and negotiate their release.

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