14 December 2004 -- Afghan officials say a Turkish engineer and two Afghans were apparently kidnapped in eastern Afghanistan today.
Police and troops mounted a large search operation after the engineer's vehicle was found abandonded on a road in Kunar Province. The engineer was accompanied by his Afghan driver and a translator.
General Abdul Jalil Junbish, director of the government's antiterrorism office, confirmed the reports but did not give details about the identity of the engineer or what project he was working on.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility.