Taliban 'capture aid workers'

Two French and three Afghan workers missing in southern Afghanistan since Tuesday.

    A Taliban spokesman said the group's leadership would decide the abductees fate [File: AFP]
    The provincial police chief said the French woman had been wearing a burqa and the man was dressed in a traditional Afghan shalwar kameez tunic and turban when they were taken.

    The French foreign ministry said it had been informed by Terre d'Enfance that the two French nationals had failed to reach their destination on Tuesday.

    They had been setting up a women's group in the Zaranj, the capital of Nimroz province. The organisation has been working in the area for four years.

    "Police have launched a search and investigation," Zemarai Bashary, Afghan interior ministry spokesman, told AFP news agency.

    The abduction comes one month after Daniel Mastrogiacomo, an Italian reporter with La Repubblica newspaper, and two Afghan colleagues were kidnapped by the Taliban in Helmand province.

    Mastrogiacomo was freed on March 19 after the Afghan government released five Taliban prisoners but his translator, Ajmal Nashqbandi, is still being held. The journalist's driver was beheaded.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Meet the man on a mission to take down Cambodia's timber tycoons and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade.

    The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

    The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

    Prince Philip has done the world an extraordinary service by exposing the racist hypocrisy of "Western civilisation".

    China will determine the future of Venezuela

    China will determine the future of Venezuela

    There are a number of reasons why Beijing continues to back Maduro's government despite suffering financial losses.