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American University Of Afghanistan To Reopen Following Kidnappings


The American University of Afghanistan is expected to reopen on August 9, days after being closed in the wake of the kidnapping of two teachers.

The two faculty members -- one Australian and one American -- were abducted at gunpoint from a road near the university in Kabul on August 7, Afghan officials said.

Since then, the campus has been closed while senior management reviewed the security situation, the university said in an online statement on August 8.

Kidnapping is a major problem in Afghanistan. Most of those abducted are Afghans, but foreigners are being increasingly targeted as well.

An Indian aid worker was released last month after being abducted from downtown Kabul in July. At least two other foreigners were kidnapped in Kabul last year and later released.

At least one Australian woman remains unaccounted for after being kidnapped in the eastern city of Jalalabad in April.

Based on reporting by Reuters
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