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Indian abducted in Afghanistan: officials

According to the police, an Indian and a Nepalese national working at security training camps in Afghanistan have been kidnapped.

world Updated: Apr 22, 2008 22:37 IST

An Indian and a Nepalese national working at security training camps in western Afghanistan have been kidnapped, apparently by the Taliban, police and a security firm said on Tuesday.

Initial investigations found the pair were abducted by Taliban militants late on Monday in Herat province, the Afghan interior ministry said.

The ministry said both men were Indians, but a US-based company providing security for the Herat training camp where the pair was based identified the missing men as an Indian and a Nepalese national.

The Indian government also confirmed one of its citizens was missing.

Sayed Ibrar Hashimi, the Herat security chief for the company, EOD Technology Inc, said the pair and their Afghan driver had been travelling late on Monday to the district of Adraskan, which borders Iran.

"Before reaching the district, armed men kidnapped them," Hashimi told AFP, citing information provided by the driver.
The driver said he had been freed but the two foreign nationals were taken away, he said. Police are questioning the driver.

Hashimi said the men were employed by an Indian company called HED. The Indian national was a logistics officer in charge of purchasing and the Nepalese worked on food supply for the Afghan police training camps, he said.