Gunmen Kidnap Foreign Aid Worker in Kabul

Dutch national Anja de Beer, the country director for Helvetas, a Swiss aid group, was kidnapped on Monday after gunmen pulled her from her car outside her office in Taimani in Kabul city.

De Beer has worked in Kabul since 2002.

Kabul police confirmed the incident but did not provide further details.

The incident took place at about 7.30am when de Beer’s car was stopped by gunmen. According to eyewitnesses, the gunmen forced her out of the vehicle and drove off with her.

Police told TOLOnews that they immediately launched an investigation and that they are working around the clock to secure de Beer’s release.

De Beer’s kidnap came only hours after U.N Special Envoy to Afghanistan Nicholas Haysom addressed a United Nations Security Council meeting Monday night on Afghanistan’s security situation.

This latest kidnapping comes amid heightened concern over the growing number of abductions being reported in the country lately. The latest United Nations report on Afghanistan warns of this problem and says that between 15 February and 30 April, 91 abductions took place in the country.

This represented a 21.3 percent increase compared with the same period last year.

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