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Four armed men kidnapped an Italian woman in Afghanistan on Monday
The woman was rushed into a car around 9 p.m. local time in Kabul, Gen. Mahboubullah Amiri, a senior official in the Afghan Interior Ministry told the Associated Press. The woman's identity has not been released. A UN official who confirmed the abduction would say only that the victim worked for an international agency, tells CBC News. According to the Boston Globe, the woman worked for CARE International, said Paul Barker, the agency's director in Afghanistan. Barker said the car had just dropped off another female employee when the abduction happened. He said no demands had been made for her release. Carlo Batori, an Italian diplomat in Kabul, confirmed the woman was an Italian citizen, but gave no details. The abduction follows the kidnapping in Baghdad of Margaret Hassan, the 59-year-old director of CARE international in Iraq and a citizen of Britain, Ireland and Iraq. She was abducted Oct. 19, 2004, and was reported slain about a month later, one of more than 30 foreigners kidnapped and killed in Iraq since April 2003. Jamil Khan, head of the criminal investigation department for Kabul police, said security forces had sealed off all the main roads out of the Afghan capital. "Police are trying very hard to produce some good news," Khan said. There have been a string of warnings to the approximately 3,000 foreigners living in Kabul that they could be targeted for attacks, including kidnappings.
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