Afghan aid workers kidnapped: police

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Four Afghans working for a French aid group have been kidnapped in northern Afghanistan, a police official said Tuesday, blaming Taliban insurgents for the abduction.

The men were travelling between Maimana, the capital of Faryab province, and Almar district on Monday when they were seized in an area with a known rebel presence, deputy provincial police chief Baryalai Basharyar Parwani told AFP.

"The area where they were kidnapped is an area where the Taliban have a presence, they often come out and intimidate people travelling along the road," he said, naming their employers as ACTED.

The Taliban could not be reached for comment but have in the past abducted foreign aid workers and their Afghan colleagues. The insurgent group has been fighting against US-led troops since 2001.

There are about 4,000 French troops deployed in Afghanistan, mainly in Kabul and Kapisa provinces, as part of the US-led NATO mission.

© 2011 AFP

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