Two French aid workers kidnapped in Afghanistan

July 19th, 2008 - 4:31 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Taliban
Kabul, July 19 (Xinhua) Two French humanitarian aid workers working with a Paris-based international relief organisation have been abducted in central Afghanistan, the aid group said in its website. Action Against Hunger or Action Contre la Faim (ACF), said the two staff members were sleeping when they were abducted Friday from a base in Nili, capital of Daikondi province, 310 km west of Kabul.

“According to ACF knowledge, the two expatriates are alive,” the statement said, without releasing the identities of the two, who are working in a team of over 250 members for providing relief to Afghans at risk of acute malnutrition.

The Taliban, fighting Afghan government and foreign troops since being ousted from power in a 2001 US-led invasion, has denied its involvement in the latest abduction.

ACF said it has halted its current Afghan relief operations and its primary concern now is securing the release of the two kidnapped staff members, and ensuring the safety of the rest of its team.

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