Search on for two Germans in Afghanistan
19 July 2007, Kabul (dpa) - Afghan government forces have started "an extensive search" to track down the whereabouts of two German nationals and their Afghan colleague who were kidnapped in central Afghanistan on Wednesday, an Interior Ministry spokesman said.
19 July 2007
Kabul (dpa) - Afghan government forces have started "an extensive search" to track down the whereabouts of two German nationals and their Afghan colleague who were kidnapped in central Afghanistan on Wednesday, an Interior Ministry spokesman said.
"We know that two German nationals along with their Afghan colleagues were kidnapped in Maidan Wardak province yesterday and we have started an extensive operation to find them," Zemarai Bashary, an Interior Ministry spokesman, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.
"I can't give you more information regarding the search operation, but I can say that they were kidnapped in Jaghato district of the province," Bashary said.
Germany's foreign office in Berlin said on Wednesday that two Germans were missing in Afghanistan.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Jaeger had said that the embassy in Kabul and other relevant officials have been involved in seeking a speedy explanation in the case.
The Taliban's purported spokesman, Zabeeullah Mujahid, said that they were not aware of any foreign nationals seized by their fighters.
"I have contacted all our forces in the area but no one knows about it," Mujahid told dpa by phone from an undisclosed location.
The United Nations spokesman in Kabul, Adrian Edwards, said that they were not working for the UN, but declined to give more details.
The Germans were said to have been participating in an observation mission in central Afghanistan. They were travelling with an Afghan driver and four police officials.
In October 2006, two German journalists were shot dead in northern Afghanistan, where some 3,000 German troops are deployed as part of a NATO-led peacekeeping force.
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