Gunmen kidnap local employees of American NGO

08:45, February 20, 2010      

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QUETTA, Pakistan, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- Unknown gunmen kidnapped three members of an American non-governmental organization and their driver in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province, a senior official said Friday.

The employees of "Mercy Corps" were kidnapped when they were returning to Quetta, the capital of Balochistan, from Zhob, a main city in the region, Provincial Home Secretary Akram Durrani said.

Durrani said the kidnapped people and their driver were Pakistanis and their vehicle was taken away with them.

No group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping so far.

Families of the kidnapped people informed the police that they had been missing since Thursday.

An eyewitness told local officials that the gunmen stopped the vehicle of the workers on the main road.

Akram Durrani said that police and security forces have been on alert and a search operation has been launched.

Source: Xinhua
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