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Kabul Korrespondence

Fresh, factual, and funky view of Afghanistan and the surrounding Central Asian region

Situation Not Kool in Kabul

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

KABUL (AFP) – Gunmen abducted a French aid worker in the Afghan capital Monday and shot dead an Afghan man who tried to rescue him, the Kabul government said, in the latest of a series of attacks on foreigners here.

The abducted man was education specialist Dany Egreteau, 32, from Paris-based human rights group Solidarite Laique, who had arrived in Afghanistan on a visit a week ago, the group said.

There has been a series of kidnappings in the capital, mostly by criminal gangs seeking thousands of dollars in ransom, while three expatriates were shot dead last month, one in an attack claimed by Taliban insurgents.

The extremist Taliban group said however it was not involved in the kidnapping of the Frenchman.

An Afghan man who tried to help was shot and killed as he scuffled with the gunmen, interior ministry spokesman Zemarai Bashari told AFP.

The dead man was identified by his uncle as Malik, 26, a driver for a provincial intelligence department.
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