An American has managed to escape from kidnappers who abducted him from the streets of Kabul, Afghanistan.

The man, whose name has not been released, was accosted and forced into the trunk of a car, but within minutes, he managed to open the trunk and jump out. The kidnappers drove away in the car.

The United States Embassy says the victim is an American civilian, but did not say why the man is in Afghanistan.

Since a British adviser to the Afghan government was shot to death in Kabul last month, foreigners have been advised to keep a low profile.

Some information for this report provided by AF and AFP.