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Aid workers killed and kidnapped in Afghanistan

Aid workers killed and kidnapped in Afghanistan
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By Catherine Hardy with Reuters
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A German aid worker and Afghan guard have been killed in an attack on a guesthouse in Kabul. A Finnish national has been kidnapped.

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A German aid worker and an Afghan guard have been killed in an attack on a guest house in Kabul.

A Finnish national was abducted from the scene during the attack, which happened at around 1130 pm local time on Saturday evening.

#BREAKING German and Afghan guard killed in Kabul guest house attack: officials

— AFP news agency (@AFP) 21 mai 2017

Who were they?

Spokesman Najib Danish said all three were working for a Swedish aid group called Operation Mercy.

An investigation is underway.

Horrific news from #Afghanistan: Gunmen attack Swedish NGO guesthouse killing German woman & beheading Afghan guard. https://t.co/SNqJV2PMln

— Lotte Leicht (@LotteLeicht1) 21 mai 2017

What has Finland said?

The Finnish foreign ministry has confirmed that one of the country’s nationals has been kidnapped in Afghanistan but gave no further comment.

What has Germany said?

There was no immediate comment from the German foreign ministry.

Is kidnapping a problem in Afghanistan?

Yes. It is a longstanding issue that mainly involves Afghans who are abducted and held for ransom.

Foreigners, however, have also regularly been targeted, either for ransom or to put pressure on their governments.

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