American, Australian teachers kidnapped in Afghanistan

August 8, 2016 10:03
1 minute read.


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Afghan authorities are searching for an Australian and an American who were kidnapped by gunmen in the capital, Kabul, officials said on Monday.

The pair are teachers at Kabul University and were taken by four or five gunmen from a nearby road at around 8 p.m. on Sunday, an official with the Ministry of Interior said, speaking on condition of anonymity.The Australian Embassy in Kabul confirmed one of its citizens had been apparently abducted but said it would not comment further due to privacy and safety considerations.

"We continue to advise Australians not to travel to Afghanistan because of the extremely dangerous security situation, including the serious threat of kidnapping," the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said in a statement.

The US State Department said in a statement it was aware of reports an American was kidnapped but had no other information to offer.

Kidnapping is a major problem in Afghanistan, affecting mostly Afghans although a number of foreigners have also been abducted in recent years.

An Indian aid worker, Judith D'Souza, was abducted in Kabul in June and was later released.

At least two other foreigners, from Germany and the Netherlands, were taken from the same neighborhood in separate incidents last year.

Both of those women were eventually released unharmed, with police saying the kidnappings were most likely financially motivated.

In June, Afghan police began advising foreigners living in the capital they should travel with guards or avoid leaving their homes.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Breaking news
April 26, 2019
Turkey says trying to convince U.S. to allow Iranian oil imports