UK envoy kidnapped by Afghans
Jack Dodds of Britain, Stefen Chalt of Germany and Gert Piening of the Netherlands, engaged in drug liaison work, were en route to the southern Afghan city of Kandahar when their vehicle was held up, the assistant commissioner in the Pakistani border town of Chaman said. Mr Dodds is one of nine diplomats at Britain's Deputy High Commission in Karachi.
Pakistani officials in Quetta, capital of Baluchistan province, said the three men were abducted on the Afghan side of the Spin Boldak border post, but a source in Islamabad said the kidnapping occurred at the Pakistani border town of Chaman.
The area between Quetta and the Afghan city of Kandahar is a notoriously lawless centre of arms and drug trafficking, and reports of kidnappings for ransom and clashes between Pakistani militia and criminal gangs are common. Amail Kansi, a Pakistani from Quetta suspected of shooting dead two people and wounding three others outside the headquarters of the CIA in Virginia last January, is believed to have gone into hiding somewhere in the region after returning to Pakistan from the US.
According to diplomats and local officials, the three, all in their 30s, were only supposed to go to Quetta on a professional mission, but then went on further in the company of four Pakistani officials. 'They were in a group of seven people who went to Afghanistan. The three never returned. Four did,' said a Dutch diplomat. Asked why they had gone there, he said: 'Good question. We don't have an answer.'
Western officials say Afghanistan is the world's leading opium exporter, with the collapse of authority making it even harder to control the outflow, much of it through Pakistan. Several countries have posted officials to Pakistan to liaise with local law enforcement agencies.
- 2 Rarest Beanie Baby of them all could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 3 Professional big game hunter Ian Gibson crushed to death by elephant during hunt
- 4 Farmer told to tear down mock-Tudor castle after hiding construction behind hay bales
Yemen crisis: Meet the child soldiers who have forsaken books for Kalashnikovs
Alan Rickman admits editing 'terrible' script with friends in Pizza Hut behind backs of writers on Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Rarest Beanie Baby of them all could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
Professional big game hunter Ian Gibson crushed to death by elephant during hunt
Farmer told to tear down mock-Tudor castle after hiding construction behind hay bales
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
£18000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They work with major vehicle ma...
£16500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Chiropractic Assistant is needed in a ...
£18000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They work with major vehicle ma...
£28000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company provides coaching ...