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Aid worker kidnapped in Kabul reports RPCV James Rupert

Aid worker kidnapped in Kabul reports RPCV James Rupert

Aid worker kidnapped in Kabul reports RPCV James Rupert

Aid worker kidnapped in Kabul

CARE Not Sure if Italian Hostage Slayed

May 20, 2005


May 17, 2005

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Gunmen kidnapped an Italian aid worker last night in a central district of the Afghan capital, the latest in a series of attacks that has shaken the foreign community here.

Police said four unidentified men with AK-47 assault rifles forced the woman's car to halt in a street of Shahr-i-Nau, a neighborhood where aid agency offices are concentrated. They forced the woman - an employee of CARE International identified as Clementina Cantoni, 32 - into a car. She had been working in Kabul for about three years on a program helping widows, CARE said.

The men smashed the windows of the CARE vehicle, said the agency's country director, Paul Barker. "They told the driver not to move or he would be shot," he said, according to The Associated Press.

With Afghanistan heavily dependent on foreign aid to recover from 25 years of war, the attacks on foreigners are seen as a potent tactic by anti-Western militants to cripple the U.S.-led effort to stabilize the country.

Attacks on foreigners have increased in Afghanistan in recent months and have included at least two incidents suspected as kidnapping attempts. In April, an American aid worker was forced into the trunk of a car, but escaped by popping the trunk's lock as he was being driven away.

Ten days ago, a man blew himself up with a bomb at an Internet cafe in Shahr-i-Nau, killing a UN worker from Myanmar and two others.

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