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Kabul Kidnappings: 2 Profs at American College Snatched

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Man pedals past American University of Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

By    |   Monday, 08 Aug 2016 12:01 PM

Kabul kidnappers stopped a car on Sunday evening and snatched two professors working at the American University of Afghanistan, one from the United States and the other from Australia.

Authorities said the two professors were on their way to a guesthouse when their vehicle was halted by gunmen, reported the BBC News, and they were forced out of the vehicle by men who wore Afghan security forces uniforms.

"Two foreign professors, one American and the other Australian, were abducted at gunpoint by a kidnapping gang from Dar-ul-Aman road in the center of Kabul city," a security official told Agence France-Presse. "We refrain from further comment in order to not damage police rescue efforts."

ABC News reported that Kabul police chief Abdel Rahman Rahimi confirmed the kidnapping, but an Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesman said the Australian Embassy in Afghanistan was "seeking to verify reports of the kidnapping …"

"We continue to advise Australians not to travel to Afghanistan because of the extremely dangerous security situation, including the serious threat of kidnapping," The Australian government said, per AFP.

The U.S. state department said it was aware of the kidnapping reports but declined further comments, per NBC.

The American University of Afghanistan is the country's only private, nonprofit co-educational university, according to its website. It opened in 2006, serving more than 1,700 students, and has partnerships with Stanford University, Georgetown University, and the University of California network.

The BBC News said numerous foreigners have been kidnapped or attacked in Afghanistan over the past year. An aid worker from India was taken from Kabul in June while armed men dressed in military-type clothes took an Australian aid worker from Jalalabad in April.

Militants attacked a convoy with a dozen foreign tourists in Herat that injured six travelers along with their driver earlier this week. A Taliban militant group claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Kabul kidnappers stopped a car on Sunday evening and snatched two professors working at the American University of Afghanistan, one from the United States and the other from Australia.
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