Chinese road worker kidnapped in Afghanistan
KABUL, July 1 (Reuters) – Suspected Taliban insurgents kidnapped a Chinese road construction worker southwest of the capital Kabul on Tuesday, the deputy provincial governor said.
Taliban insurgents have kidnapped dozens of foreigners in Afghanistan in the last two years, killing some, but freeing most, sometimes in return for ransom payments.
Gunmen seized the Chinese man and his Afghan driver in the Jalrez district of Maidan Wardak province, just southwest of Kabul, while he was returning from the construction site, deputy provincial governor Ali Ahmad Asheh told Reuters.
The driver was later released.
Two German engineers were kidnapped in the same province a year ago. One was shot dead after suffering a heart attack, the other was freed after more than a month in captivity.
Maidan Wardak was relatively free of violence until last year, when the Taliban moved in from the south, capitalising on discontent in the province that had only a very small police force and and saw very low levels of development and aid, despite being only around an hour’s drive from the capital. (Reporting by Sher Ahmad; Writing by Jon Hemming; Editing by Alex Richardson)