A statement issued by the Taliban news agency and posted to a jihadist forum yesterday, September 1, 2005, claims responsibility for the kidnapping of a British engineer in western Afghanistan, and the murder of three British soldiers. The message cites a speaker from the Afghani Ministry of Interior, who indicates that the engineer worked for a company that paves roads on the road between Kandahar and Herat. Further, the message references past incidences of Taliban kidnappings, including a Lebanese engineer, Ahmed Rehda, last month who was later released, and Clementina Cantoni, an Italian CARE representative.
Media reports indicate that both a British engineer and his interpreter were kidnapped after their convoy was attacked yesterday on the main highway in Farah province.
A full translation of the statement is provided to our Intel Service members.