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Armed men abduct Australian citizen in Kabul

AT-KABUL: Armed men abducted a Pakistani-Australian woman late Saturday in Kabul, police said Sunday.

A Pakistani native Australian woman was kidnapped by armed men in the Qala-e-Fathullah area of Kabul yesterday late evening, said Kabul Police Spokesman Basir Mujahid.

He said that the kidnapped woman was working for the Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief (ACBAR), a non-governmental organization.

“Only the driver was with the Australian woman, when she was kidnapped by the armed men,” Mujahid added.

He said that investigation has been started over the incident by police to find and release the kidnapped women.

According to reports in Australia, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said in a statement, that the embassy was making “urgent inquiries” into the issue.

The statement added: “We continue to advise Australians not to travel to Afghanistan because of the extremely dangerous security situation, including the serious threat of kidnapping.”

In April, another Australian female aid worker was kidnapped in eastern Nangarhar province; she was released in August after nearly four months in captivity.

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