Pakistani officials say an Afghan mujahedin commander, Ghulam Nabi Noorzai, abducted the Pakistan-based diplomats from Britain, Germany and the Netherlands at gunpoint eight days ago a few miles inside Afghanistan. Jack Dodds of Britain, Stefan Elhert and Gert Piening are anti-narcotics officials who were on a duty trip to Baluchistan, officials said.
Three European diplomats kidnapped in Afghanistan have smuggled out a letter saying they are being held in chains in a cave with only bread and tea to eat and are doing 'very badly', Reuter reports from Islamabad. 'Things are going very badly. We are locked up in a cave in a camp of the mujahedin,' said the letter that reached Quetta, capital of Pakistan's remote western province of Baluchistan, yesterday.