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A French aid worker has been kidnapped in Kabul, just days after arriving in Afghanistan. An Afghan driver who tried to stop the abduction was killed.

The Frenchman has been named as 32-year-old Dany Egreteau by the humanitarian group he worked for, which specialises in education. He was reportedly walking to a meeting when he was seized by gunmen and pushed into a car.

His capture will heighten the sense of threat felt by Westerners working in Afghanistan where kidnappings are regularly carried out by the Taliban and armed criminal gangs.

A baker, who witnessed the incident, said a second foreigner managed to escape.

Tributes have been paid to the Afghan driver who was shot dead when he tried to intervene. The 26-year-old, who worked for the national intelligence agency, was described by his uncle as a “hero”.