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UAE security guard missing in Afghanistan Print
Jun 13, 2007

The United Arab Emirates confirmed that an Emirati security guard working with a humanitarian mission in Afghanistan was missing in the war-torn country.

"A citizen of the UAE working for a humanitarian organisation in Afghanistan was reported to have gone missing on Tuesday evening," the official WAM news agency reported a foreign ministry spokesman as saying on Wednesday.
"The family of the missing man has been informed," the spokesman said, adding that the UAE had launched "an immediate investigation into the incident" and that no effort would be spared in securing his safe return.

The man's name has not yet been released.

Earlier an official speaking under cover of anonymity said the missing man was "a member of a security team in charge of a UAE humanitarian mission."

He was speaking following rumours that a doctor from the UAE had gone missing in the Sangin district of the volatile southern Helmand province.

The official said the mission was involved in the building of a field hospital, schools and mosques in Afghanistan.

Earlier on Wednesday, the US-led coalition said it was investigating reports that a soldier was missing in Afghanistan, as the Taliban claimed to have captured a foreign trooper.

Taliban spokesman Yousuf Ahmadi said the movement had captured a foreign soldier in uniform in Sangin on Tuesday.

"One NATO force soldier with a uniform and gun was captured by our mujahedeen (holy warriors)," Ahmadi said.

If confirmed, it would be the first time a foreign soldier has been captured by the Taliban, who have previously abducted foreign journalists and aid workers.

The hardliners have released most of their foreign hostages, reportedly for ransoms and in one case in exchange for Taliban prisoners. However, they claimed responsibility for the killing of a British engineer in September 2005.

The United Arab Emirates, which was one of just three countries to officially recognise the Taliban regime that ruled Afghanistan between 1996 and 2001, also contributed 30 million dollars for reconstruction after they were ousted.
 
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