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Two foreign lecturers kidnapped in Kabul

By Farhad Naibkhel-KABUL: Two foreigner professors (an American and an Australian) were kidnapped Sunday evening in the western part of Kabul near the Kabul campus of the American University of Afghanistan, officials said Monday.

“Two professors of the American University of Afghanistan were kidnapped by armed men dressed in police uniform Sunday evening,” said Sharif Fayez, Chancellor of the American University of Afghanistan.

Their vehicle was stopped near the campus and the gunmen took them by breaking the vehicle’s windows, Fayez added.

He said that the professors were on their way to their residential house.

Investigation was underway by police and intelligence forces, but till date no group claimed responsibility for the incident, he said.

Deputy Kabul police chief Gul Agha Rohani confirmed the kidnapped, saying that police in started operation to find clue and rescue kidnapped instructors.

Taliban are mostly involved in the abduction of the foreigners, but the group has not commented on this.

The abduction of two foreigner professors came three days after a group of foreign tourists, including American and German citizens were attacked by Taliban fighters in Chesht-e-Sharif district of western Herat province. The tourist team was comprised of 11 people, which out seven were wounded in the incident.

An Indian aid worker has been also kidnapped in the capital Kabul around two months ago and released back after over one month in lock up.

The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) is an internationally-supported private, not-for-profit university located in Kabul, Afghanistan. Established in 2006, it provides modern, global standard education to its students. AUAF currently offers bachelor and Master Degree programs.

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