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Three UN Staff Abducted In Afghanistan

Three UN Staff Abducted In Afghanistan

Three international workers contracted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have been abducted from a UN vehicle in Afghanistan, a UN spokesman said today.

Secretary-General Kofi Annan learned of the abduction, which took place at approximately 1 p.m. local time in the capital Kabul, "with deep regret and dismay," Fred Eckhard said.

"Very few details are known at present," the spokesman added. "The United Nations is in close contact with the authorities and is hoping for the staff members' immediate and unconditional release."

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