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Four Aid Workers Kidnapped, Five Extremists Arrested in Afghanistan


Police in Afghanistan say suspected Taleban militants have kidnapped four Afghan aid workers in the eastern part of the country.

A provincial police chief General Abdul Hanan Raufi said Monday the four aid workers, employed by the International Organization for Migration, were abducted Sunday in eastern Paktia province.

He said elders in the area are involved in negotiating for their release.

Farther east, the U.-S.-led coalition force says troops captured a known al-Qaida terrorist and five other extremists Monday during an operation near the city of Khost.

A military statement did not identify the captured men, but said the troops found grenades, military equipment, armor-piercing rounds and assault rifles during a search of the compound where the men were caught.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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