Afghan Group Threatens to Kill Foreign Hostages

An Islamist group that claims responsibility for kidnapping three foreigners in Afghanistan said on Friday it would execute the hostages unless authorities called off their massive manhunt for the kidnappers. The abduction on Thursday of the three victims — working for the U.N. to help run the country’s first presidential election — has sparked fears that anti-American militants in the country may be copying bloody tactics used by insurgents in Iraq. Afghan and security sources said on Friday three people had been detained in connection with the kidnapping and a vehicle believed to have been used to snatch the trio has been found, but there was no word on the fate of the hostages. Full Story

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