Unidentified gunmen abducted three people on Aug. 12 campaigning for a leading candidate in Afghanistan's presidential election, with the vote just eight days away. They were campaigning in northwest Badghis province for former foreign minister Dr Abdullah Abdullah, who is running second to incumbent President Hamid Karzai in the August 20 poll. Abdullah's representative complained the government had not provided them with security. Last month the Afghan government said it had struck a ceasefire with insurgents in some districts of Badghis to allow people to vote. (Reuters)

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