Kidnapped German in Afghan video

Private TV stations in Afghanistan have broadcast a video appearing to show a female German aid worker who was kidnapped in Kabul on Saturday.

Kidnapped German in Afghan video

The woman, who looked pale and whose head was covered with a white scarf, identified herself as Christina Maier.

Speaking in the local language Dari, she said: "I am OK".

A turbaned man then appeared, and said Mrs Maier would not be harmed, before calling for the release of what he termed "innocent prisoners".

The names of these prisoners would be sent to television stations later, he said.

"We are not the Taleban, we are not bad people," he added.

Mrs Maier's ID cards were also shown in the video.

The BBC's Charles Haviland, in Kabul, says that a criminal gang is suspected of carrying out the kidnapping, and that a police search operation is under way.

Mrs Maier is the first foreigner to be abducted in the city for more than two years.

The aid worker, in her 30s, works for a Christian organisation called Ora International.

Police fired at the kidnappers' car as it sped away but missed it, hitting a taxi instead and killing its driver.

BBC

Last Mod: 19 Ağustos 2007, 23:36
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