Australian and American professors kidnapped in Afghanistan

An Australian academic and an American professor were kidnapped by unknown armed men in Kabul, Afghan officials said Monday.

A source inside the Ministry of Interior told dpa, "two professors of the American University were kidnapped by gunmen wearing NDS uniform last night at around 8 pm."

The National Directorate of Security (NDS) is Afghanistan's spy agency.

According to the source, the kidnapped professors are citizens of the United States and Australia.

The Australian Embassy in Afghanistan has confirmed what it called "the apparent kidnapping of an Australian," but said it could not provide further comment due to privacy and security considerations.

"We continue to advise Australians not to travel to Afghanistan because of the extremely dangerous security situation, including the serious threat of kidnapping," an embassy spokesperson said.

A source from the US Embassy also confirmed that one of its citizens had been kidnapped.

An Indian aid worker who was kidnapped in Kabul last month, was later rescued after several weeks in captivity.

Last update: Mon, 08/08/2016 - 08:52

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