On Thursday, three foreign workers were abducted as they travelled to work at Kabul International Airport with their local driver. The expats – an Indian, a Malaysian and a Macedonian citizen – worked for Sodexo, a French catering company that employs roughly 230 people in Afghanistan.

The Latin American Herald Tribune reports that the ‘abduction occurred around 8:30 am local time in Kabul’s District 9 near Sodexo logistics company where the victims worked.’ The men’s vehicle was stopped and a government official said ‘it appeared that the men had gotten into the second car voluntarily and were accompanied by their Afghan driver. The driver returned an hour later and said the three men had been kidnapped.’

Their bodies were found a few hours later, in the Mosahi area of the city. The men had been shot dead and their ID cards were left near their bodies.

The fact the group switched cars voluntarily suggests they were not alarmed and that someone they knew was involved in the abduction. The driver has been detained for questioning.

Other abduction cases

Kidnap for ransom and terrorist abductions remain common in Afghanistan. Here are some headlines from the last few months –

Two professors from the American University of Afghanistan were abducted from Kabul in August last year. They remain missing.


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