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Deputy Public Works Minister Kidnapped in Kabul

Unknown gunmen have kidnapped the Afghan deputy public works minister in the capital, Kabul, the latest in a series of high-profile abductions.

Police say Ahmad Shah Wahid was pulled from his car as he was traveling to work in the Khir Khana district of northern Kabul on Tuesday morning.

The motive for the kidnapping is not clear. No one has claimed responsibility.

Also Tuesday, Afghan President Hamid Karzai's office accused the U.S. military of killing three civilians in an airstrike in eastern Khost province.

In a statement, the Afghan leader called the strike a violation of agreements between the two countries and strongly condemned it.

The U.S.-led military coalition says it is looking into the incident.

The strike comes as officials count votes from Afghanistan's presidential election, which took place amid relative peace.

Former finance minister Ashraf Ghani and opposition politician Abdullah Abdullah have emerged as frontrunners in the early vote count. Final results are expected next month.

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