September 17, 2010

KABUL, Sept 17 - Two candidates and eighteen election officials and campaign workers have reportedly been kidnapped in three separate incidents the day before tomorrow’s poll.

A Taliban spokesman, Zabullah Mojahed, told the BBC they had kidnapped Wolesi Jirga candidate Mawli Hayatullah in Laghman province on Friday. Local media reports also say that Saifullah Mojadedi – a candidate in Herat province – has also been abducted by insurgents.