Armed men kidnap Afghan provincial official

08:52, March 08, 2010      

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Unknown armed men abducted a local official in Zabul province in southern Afghanistan, deputy to provincial police chief Ghulam Jilani Khan Farahi said Sunday.

"Unidentified armed men kidnapped Rahim Dad Khan, director of rural development department of Zabul province, on Saturday and took him to unknown location," Farahi told Xinhua.

He did not provide further details.

This is the second provincial official to be targeted in the militancy-ridden southern Afghanistan over the past one month.

In a previous attack, Taliban militants gunned down Abdul Majid Babai, head of cultural department in the neighboring Kandahar province.

Source: Xinhua
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