Afghanistan: 5 people kidnapped, including 2 foreign female doctors -- officials


People hold placards with pictures of the two French journalists kidnapped by the Taliban in Afghanistan in December 2009, on June 29, 2011 in Paris, during a demonstration prior to the announcement of their release.


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Afghan officials today said five people, three Afghans along with two foreign female doctors, were taken captive by unknown assailants in northeastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, reported Reuters

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Badakhshan province governor spokesman Abdul Maroof Rasikh provided no further details about the five aid workers other than they were riding on horseback from the remote Yaftal and Ragh districts to the provincial capital of Faizabad at the time of the attack, said the Associated Press

Local police told Reuters an investigation is under way, while NATO officials said they had no information about the incident.

The kidnapping of foreigners is not uncommon in Afghanistan.