German national kidnapped in Kabul: Afghan police

KABUL: An Afghan official says a German woman was kidnapped in Kabul by armed assailants.


Gul Agha Rouhani, Kabul’s deputy police chief, says the woman was taken by two gunmen who stopped her car early Monday morning.

The woman, who has not been identified, is believed to be employed by German government aid agency GIZ.

No comment was immediately available from the German embassy or GIZ in Kabul. The German Foreign Office and GIZ in Berlin also did not comment.

The insurgents have repeatedly said they would deliberately target foreigners. In recent months insurgents have launched a series of deadly attacks on offices, residential compounds and guest houses occupied by foreign nationals.

As the economy deteriorates and jobs dry up, abduction for ransom is also becoming more common, though mainly targeting Afghans.

Foreigners are seen as potentially lucrative kidnap victims, and while many live within strict security parameters, security measures such as armored cars can raise their profile for would-be kidnappers.

Earlier this year, a German national working with GIZ in northern Afghanistan was kidnapped as he drove through an area of Kunduz province called Ali Abad, well known as a hotbed of insurgent activity. He escaped in May after being held for six weeks.