(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Five aid workers have been kidnapped by armed gunmen in Afghanistan’s Badakhshan province, according to local officials.
The workers, which include two Western female doctors, are part of a non-governmental organization (NGO) called Medair that specializes in providing humanitarian assistance to regions that are difficult to access.
They were riding on horseback between villages, about 56 miles away from the provincial capital Faizabad, when they were abducted. The area is not known for heavy insurgent activity.
This is the same region where 10 aid workers, including six Americans, were killed by a Taliban ambush in 2010.
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