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Officials: Gunmen kidnap Afghan deputy ministry from his car in Kabul

This Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 photo provided by the Afghan Public Works Ministry, shows Deputy Minister of Public Works Ahmad Shah Wahid in his office in Kabul, Afghanistan. Gunmen abducted Wahid in Kabul on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 officials said, a grim reminder of the insecurity plaguing Afghanistan as most foreign troops prepare to withdraw from the country at the end of the year. Kidnappings for ransom by criminal gangs and abductions by Taliban insurgents are relatively common in Afghanistan, but Wahid is the highest-ranking government official abducted in years. (AP Photo/Afghan Public Works Ministry)
April 14, 2014 - 11:34 PM

KABUL - Afghan officials say the country's deputy public works minister has been kidnapped in the capital, Kabul.

At least five gunmen pulled Ahmad Shah Wahid from his car in northern Kabul as he was on his way to work on Tuesday morning.

Public works ministry spokesman Soheil Kakar says Wahid's driver was shot and wounded when he tried to drive away to safety.

Kabul police investigation chief Gul Agha Hashimi said the attackers ran Wahid's car off the road and hustled him into their 4-wheel-drive vehicle in the city's Khir Khana district.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the abduction.

Kidnappings for ransom and abductions by Taliban insurgents are relatively common in Afghanistan, but Wahid is the highest-ranking government official abducted in years.

News from © The Associated Press, 2014
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