militants have kidnapped the governor of a volatile Afghan
district near the border with Pakistan, a senior local
official said on Saturday.
Musafir Khan Qayumzai, district governor of Ghazi
Abad, was snatched Friday along with his son and two
bodyguards, said Kunar provincial governor Sayed Fazlullah
"When he was en route to his office from home, he was
taken out of his car by unidentified men and was taken away,"
He added that local officials have now "taken steps to
release the district governor through tribal mediation and
negotiation with the Taliban."
The Taliban and other militants frequently kidnap
police, soldiers and NGO workers in Afghanistan but it is
relatively rare for them to target prominent local
The Islamist militants are waging a near ten-year long
insurgency against President Hamid Karzai`s Afghan government,
its security forces and foreign troops which support the