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article imageBritish aid worker missing in Afghanistan

By Jane Fazackarley     Sep 26, 2010 in World
It is reported that a British woman has been kidnapped in Afghanistan. Insurgents are said to have ambushed the vehicle that she was in.
The woman has yet to be named and the Foreign Office say that they are investigating the disappearance. Three others have also gone missing, the Daily Mail report.
The Afghanistan media have said that the woman was working for aid contracting firm Development Alternatives Inc.
According to the Daily Mail a Foreign Office spokesman said:
"We can confirm that a British national is missing in Afghanistan. We are working with other international agencies to urgently investigate these reports."
The two vehicles were traveling from Asadabad to Jalalabad. The Pajhwok Afghan News site report that they were intercepted by suspected insurgents in the Spin Jumaat area of Sawakai district at 11.00 this morning.
According to the Pahjwok Afghan News site an unnamed security official told them that the group were on their way to an opening ceremony of a canal project in the Narang district of Kunar, a project which is funded by USAID.
The website reports that a Taliban spokesperson said that he had heard a report of the incident but it was not known who had kidnapped the employees.
Earlier this year a British doctor, Karen Woo, was one of a group of workers who was killed by gunmen during a medical mission in Afghanistan.
Talking to the Telegraph her mother said:
"We were frightened and anxious whenever she went back out to Afghanistan and we had many big discussions about it with Karen."
"We tried to persuade her not to go, but her attitude was that you could get killed anywhere and that the greatest danger was that she could get appendicitis somewhere where there was not help available."
"She explained that they had been assured the area was safe and that the organisation she was with had been working there for 40 years. She was very determined and felt she could make a difference."
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