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US Aid Worker Kidnapped in Afghanistan


A U.S. aid worker has been kidnapped in southern Afghanistan.

The governor of Kandahar province, Asadullah Khalid, says gunmen abducted the 49-year-old woman and her driver Saturday while they were traveling near the southern city of Kandahar. The American woman was wearing a burqa and was on her way to work.

Khalid says the woman had been living in the province for a while. He says she worked for a non-governmental organization focusing on agriculture and development.

No group has claimed responsibility yet for the kidnapping and officials are searching for the abductors. The provincial governor called the kidnappers enemies of Afghanistan.

Several Westerners have been abducted in Afghanistan in the last year, including two German workers and a group of South Korean Christian missionaries.

Separately, officials say at least two Afghan soldiers and a member of the the U.S.-led coalition forces were killed in two separate attacks Friday in eastern Afghanistan.

An official in southeastern Afghanistan's Khost province said at least two Afghan troops were killed when a roadside bomb struck their vehicle.

Earlier Friday, a U.S.-led coalition soldier was killed and three others wounded in a clash with insurgents in Kunar province. An Afghan soldier and an interpreter working for the coalition also were wounded in that clash in the Nari district.

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

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