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Afghans Protest Skyrocketing Food Prices

Hundreds of people angry over the rising cost of food demonstrated in eastern Afghanistan Tuesday.

Protesters blocked a key road connecting the town of Jalalabad to the capital, Kabul. They demanded action from the government to bring down skyrocketing prices.

Earlier, the Afghan government announced it is setting aside $50 million to buy wheat from other countries, including Kazakhstan and neighboring Pakistan.

Many demonstrators expressed anger with Pakistan - upon which Afghans are heavily reliant for food imports. Pakistan has recently slowed its exports due to its own concerns about rising food prices.

Elsewhere, in the western Afghan province of Herat, authorities say they believe militants have abducted two foreign employees of a U.S. security company.

Police say an Indian and a Nepalese worker disappeared Monday evening while traveling in the Adraskan district. Their driver also is missing.

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

 

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