Officials say gunmen have kidnapped a German aid worker from a restaurant in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul.
Afghan security officials say the abductors forced the woman into a car today and sped away.
According to reports, Afghan police responding to the incident opened fire on the getaway car, but missed and killed a nearby taxi driver.
An official of an aid group Ora International confirmed the kidnapped woman worked for the organization.
Local police in southern Afghanistan said earlier today that militants had abducted four Afghan engineers in Kandahar province.
Also today, Taleban militants holding 19 South Koreans said negotiations have failed and the insurgents' leadership council is deciding the fate of the hostages.
The spokesman said further talks were unlikely because the Afghan government has refused to release some Taleban militants in a prisoner exchange.
Taleban militants abducted 23 South Korean Christian aid workers on July 19th while they traveled through Ghazni province on a humanitarian mission.
Two female hostages returned home Friday. Two male hostages in the same group were executed late last month.
Information for this report is provided by AFP and Reuters.