Two foreign university professors – an American and an Australian – were abducted by gunmen on Sunday evening. It is believed they were travelling between their home and the American University. The gunmen were wearing Afghan military uniforms and it is not yet clear who is behind the kidnapping. The Australian (link below) quotes a foreign journalist as saying kidnapping gangs are operating in the city.

From the Guardian

American and Australian kidnapped in Kabul by five gunmen

Five gunmen wearing Afghan military uniforms have abducted an American and an Australian in the Afghan capital, Kabul, a security official has said.

The two men were taken from their SUV while driving on Sunday night on a main road near the American University of Afghanistan, Sediq Sediqqi, the spokesman for the Afghan interior ministry, said on Monday. They are believed to be university employees and were travelling between the university and their residence. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the abduction.

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From the Khaama Press

American and Australian university professors kidnapped from Kabul

The identities of the two professors have not been ascertained so far but reports suggest the two were kidnapped by gunmen in Afghan forces uniform.

Security sources have said the professors were in a vehicle just outside the university when they were stopped and seized.

The State Department said that it was aware of kidnapping reports but that “due to privacy considerations, we have no information to offer,” Voice of America reported.

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From the Australian

Gunmen in army uniforms kidnap a second Australian in Kabul

A foreign journalist working in Kabul told The Australian there had been a spate of kidnappings of Afghan businessmen in Kabul in recent months by organised crime gangs.

The journalist said foreigners were prime targets of these gangs.

“Apparently, they’re kidnapping syndicates,” the journalist said.

“The chances are very slim that it’s Taliban-related. There have been dozens of local businessmen who’ve been kidnapped in the last few months.”

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From the Sydney Morning Herald

Australian academic abducted at gunpoint in Kabul

The university is the country’s only private, not-for-profit and co-educational university and teaches more than 1700 students, according to its website.

Kabul police chief Abdel Rahman Rahimi confirmed the abduction toABC News.

A spokesman from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said the Australian embassy in Afghanistan was seeking to verify reports of the kidnapping of an Australian.

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