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American, Australian Abducted In Kabul

An American and an Australian have been abducted in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

Officials said on August 8 that the two were taken from their car by gunmen wearing military uniforms on a main road near the American University of Afghanistan late on August 7.

They are believed to be employees of the university.

U.S. and Australian officials said they were aware of the reports and were seeking clarification.

The kidnapping comes just two weeks after the rescue of an Indian charity worker, who was also taken at gunpoint near her residence in central Kabul.

Three other foreigners who were kidnapped in Kabul in the past year have been released.

An Australian woman, Kerry Jane Wilson, was abducted in the eastern city of Jalalabad in April. Her whereabouts are unknown.

News of the abduction comes just days after the Taliban attacked a group of foreign tourists in western Afghanistan.

The group, including British, American and German nationals, came under Taliban fire on August 4 in the western province of Herat, leaving some of them wounded.

Based on reporting by AFP, AP, and dpa