Netherlands confirms Dutch man abducted in Afghanistan

25th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

The Dutch government confirmed Monday that gunmen kidnapped one of its citizens and his Afghan driver in northern Afghanistan.

"I can confirm that a Dutch man and his Afghan driver were abducted in northern Afghanistan today," foreign affairs ministry spokesman Christoph Prommersberger told AFP in The Hague.

"They were held up in their car at gunpoint."

Prommersberger said the Dutch embassy in Kabul was in contact with Afghan authorities.

"Where necessary and possible, we will support Afghanistan in bringing this matter to a positive conclusion."

Prommersberger could not confirm reports that the man worked for a Dutch non-governmental organisation, nor would he give his name or "any personal information."

Earlier, an Afghan intelligence official told AFP that the Dutch man and his driver were travelling in a private car to neighbouring Kunduz province when they were stopped by armed men and snatched at gun point.

Criminal groups and insurgents have kidnapped several dozen foreigners since the 2001 US-led invasion ousted the Taliban from Kabul.

Victims are often sold on to insurgent groups, with majority released safe and well.

Monday's abduction, however, comes just weeks after a British aid worker was killed during an attempted rescue by US forces after she was kidnapped along with three Afghan colleagues on September 26, also on the open road.

© 2010 AFP

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