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Afghan officials say female MP kidnapped

5:31 AM, Aug 15, 2013   |    comments
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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Officials in Afghanistan's eastern Ghazni province say a female member of parliament has been kidnapped by the Taliban and is being held in exchange for four insurgents held by the government.

Amanullah Kamrani and Hamida Gulistani, both members of the Ghazni provincial council, confirmed Thursday that Fariba Ahmadi Kakar was kidnapped last weekend while driving from Kabul to the southern province of Kandahar.

The government has refused to comment on the kidnapping or even confirm it has happened.

The council members say Kakar was taken Saturday in Ghazni city as she drove to her Kandahar constituency to celebrate the Eid holyday that marks the end of Ramadan.

They say the Taliban later released her three children and a driver.

Violence and kidnappings are common on the country's main highway.

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