- Associated Press - Monday, October 25, 2010

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Gunmen seized a Dutch aid worker and his Afghan driver in northern Afghanistan on Monday, a local government official said.

Four gunmen took the two men out of their car in Takhar province and drove them west toward neighboring Kunduz province, said Takhar Gov. Abdul Jabar Taqwa, quoting witnesses. The two were working with an aid group helping disabled people.

Mr. Taqwa said police and intelligence officials are trying to track the group and the Kunduz authorities have been informed.

The Dutch Foreign Ministry had no immediate comment.

Afghanistan is becoming increasingly dangerous for aid workers. In August, 10 members of a Christian medical team — six Americans, two Afghans, one German and a Briton — were ambushed and later killed by gunmen in neighboring Badakhshan province. The team was attacked as they were returning to Kabul after their two-week mission in the remote Parun valley of Nuristan province, about 160 miles north of Kabul.

Last month, Linda Norgrove, a British aid worker, was kidnapped in Kunar province in eastern Afghanistan. She died of head and chest injuries caused by a grenade thrown by a U.S. serviceman during a failed Oct. 8 rescue attempt.



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