An Italian aid worker has been abducted in the Afghan capital, Kabul. Reports say Clementina Cantoni’s car was intercepted by armed men who forced her into their vehicle and drove her away. Due to leave Afghanistan at the end of the month, the 32-year-old works for the CARE International charity – the same agency that employed British humanitarian worker Margaret Hassan who was seized and murdered in Iraq.As news of the kidnapping broke, a search got underway in Kabul. The city is much safer than Baghdad but aid agencies have issued warnings to staff to keep a low profile in recent weeks following two unsuccessful attempts to kidnap foreigners. In Italy, Cantoni’s family chose not to speak to the media but a friend said that all relatives hoped for was a happy and swift conclusion to the young woman’s ordeal. Last October, three UN workers were kidnapped in Kabul. They were held for 27 days before being released unharmed. There is no word yet on any demands made by Cantoni’s captors. The Italian Foreign Ministry says a crisis unit is now working on the case.
Italian aid worker kidnapped in Kabul