British aid worker kidnapped in Afghanistan

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
September 27, 2010 03:45

Four aid workers including a British woman were kidnapped in Afghanistan as election officials ordered recounts in seven provinces after last week's parliamentary vote, raising further concerns of misconduct and fraud during the polls.

Meanwhile, two NATO troops, whose nationalities were not announced, were killed in a bomb attack in the volatile south, the alliance said Sunday.

The British aid worker and three Afghan colleagues were ambushed as they traveled in two vehicles in northeastern Kunar province. Police fought a gunbattle with the kidnappers near the attack site before the assailants fled, Kunar police chief Khalilullah Zaiyi said.

Steven O'Connor, communications director for Development Alternatives Inc., a global consulting company based in the Washington, DC, area, said late Sunday its employees, including a British national, were involved.

The company works on projects for the US Agency for International Development in Afghanistan.


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