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Two Germans Missing, Feared Kidnapped In Afghanistan

German and Afghan officials said two Germans have gone missing while hiking in Afghanistan and there were fears they may have been kidnapped.

The two men vanished two days ago while hiking near the Salang Pass, a major route through the Hindu Kush mountains connecting the capital, Kabul, to northern Afghanistan.

The Taliban are not active in the area where they vanished and a local official said they may have been abducted by ethnic Pashtun nomads.

Westerners have occasionally been kidnapped by criminal gangs not associated with the Taliban but most have been released unharmed, often after the payment of ransom.

compiled from agency reports