Pakistani workers of US aid agency feared kidnapped

July 19, 2011 08:48


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QUETTA, Pakistan - Eight Pakistani employees of a US-based aid organization were missing and feared kidnapped in Pakistan's volatile southwest bordering Afghanistan, a senior Pakistani government official said on Tuesday.

The American Refugee Committee (ARC) employees were returning from an Afghan refugee camp in Pishin in Baluchistan province on Monday evening when they went missing.

"They distributed some relief goods among the refugees and were probably kidnapped on their way back to Quetta," Pishin's deputy commissioner Mansoor Kakar told Reuters, referring to the provincial capital. Pishin is about 50 km (31 miles) from Quetta. "Efforts are underway to recover them."

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