AUS aid worker abducted in Afghanistan

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An Australian female employee of a Danish non-profit organisation has been abducted by armed men in Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan. The abduction of the woman, who worked for Danish Committee for Aid to Afghan Refugees, or DACAAR, a developmental aid organisation working in Afghanistan since 1984, is yet to be claimed by any group.

It took place early morning from the office of the non-profit in Jalalabad, capital of the Nangarhar province, Attaullah Khogyanai, spokesperson of the state’s governor told EFE.

The kidnappers wore military uniforms and the employee ‘worked in the non-profit’s handicrafts department,’ he said.

A security source, requesting anonymity, said police have detained eight suspects, adding the kidnapped woman had not requested protection.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade late on Thursday said in a statement that ‘the Australian Government is working to confirm the reported kidnapping of an Australian in Afghanistan’.

In February, five Afghan employees of the International Committee of the Red Cross were abducted by unidentified armed assailants in southeastern Afghanistan but freed four days later.

Kidnappings, especially for ransom, are a common occurrence in the country, and frequently target employees of humanitarian organisations.

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