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British Engineer Kidnapped In Afghanistan

1 September 2005 -- A police official in Afghanistan is quoted as saying that suspected Taliban militants have kidnapped a British engineer and his Afghan interpreter after an attack in western Afghanistan.

The Associated Press quoted a local police chief, identified as Allah Uddin Nurzi, as saying that the Briton works for a foreign company that has been building a highway from the southern city of Kandahar to the western city of Herat.

The police official said the Briton was kidnapped on 31 August after a convoy he was traveling in was attacked. Four police officers were reported killed in the attack.

AP quoted a spokesman for the British Embassy in Kabul as saying the embassy was aware of an incident involving a British citizen in Afghanistan, but gave no further details. The spokesman said Britain was seeking more information from the Afghan government.


See also:

"UN Envoy Warns Violence Could Disrupt Afghan Polls"

"Violence Spiraling As Afghan Elections Near"

For RFE/RL's full coverage of the 18 September elections in Afghanistan, see "Afghanistan Votes"