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German Woman Kidnapped in Afghan Capital

  • VOA News

Officials say gunmen have kidnapped a German aid worker from a restaurant in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul.

Afghan Security officials say the abductors forced the woman into a car on Saturday and sped away.

According to reports, Afghan police responding to the incident opened fire on the alleged getaway car, but missed and killed a nearby taxi driver.

An official of an aid group (Ora International) confirmed the kidnapped woman worked for the organization.

Also today, Taleban militants holding 19 South Koreans said negotiations have failed and the insurgents' leadership council is deciding the fate of the hostages.

A Taleban spokesman said on Saturday that face-to-face negotiations with South Korean officials broke down Thursday, the day they started.

The spokesman said further talks were unlikely because the Afghan government has refused to release some Taleban militants in a prisoner exchange.

Two South Korean women returned home Friday after being released by the Taleban on Monday. They urged the Taleban to free the remaining 19 hostages.

Taleban militants abducted 23 South Korean Christian aid workers on July 19th while they traveled through Ghazni province on a humanitarian mission. Two male hostages were executed late last month.

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