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Turkish engineers kidnapped in Afghanistan

From Matiullah Mati, CNN
  • Four Turkish engineers were kidnapped in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday
  • The incident took place near the border with Pakistan
  • The engineers were building a police post

(CNN) -- Four Turkish engineers were kidnapped in the southeastern Afghan province of Paktia on Sunday, the acting governor told CNN.

Acting Gov. Abdul Rahman Mangal said that the engineers were kidnapped in Shpola village, which is one kilometer from the Pakistan border near Para Chinar and Korm Agency.

"The engineers had six armed Afghan local guards for protecting them. They were building the Afghan national police post in the province since one year (ago)," Mangal said.

"Afghan and ISAF security forces including the elders of the province are trying to rescue them, but if they have been transferred to other side of the border in Pakistan we will not be able to do anything," he added.