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3 Foreign Election Workers Kidnapped in Afghanistan


Arabic television channel al-Jazeera says an Islamist group calling itself "Army of Muslims" claimed responsibility for kidnapping three foreign election workers in Kabul Thursday.

Al-Jazeera says the group's leader, Akbar Agha, told its correspondent in Kabul his fighters abducted the three U.N. workers. He did not specify any demands for their release.

Afghan government sources and election officials say the three -- from Britain or Ireland, Philippines and Kosovo -- were snatched from their car by at least five men dressed in military uniforms. Two of the three are believed to be women.

The three kidnap victims are part of a joint U.N. - Afghan team that organized Afghanistan's October 9 presidential election.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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