Kidnapping Highlights Tensions in Kabul

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CBNNews.com - KABUL, Afghanistan - More attacks in Afghanistan Monday put aid workers in the country on high alert.

Afghan officials tightened security after a French aid worker was kidnapped by three gunman and an intellegence employee was killed while trying to intervene. Taliban militants have denied any involvement in the attack.

"This abduction marks the latest in a series of attacks against westerners in the Afghan capital," CBN News Senior Reporter George Thomas said from Kabul. "The security situation here has been deteriorating." Click play to hear more from Thomas from Kabul.

For several months, criminal gangs have targeted foreigners through kidnappings and bombings in new efforts to destabilize the Karzai administration's hold on security. As a result, Afghan and international security forces have beefed up security, patrolling streets around the clock.

But the efforts have done little to quell the fears.

Hundreds of international aid organizations have flocked to Afghanistan in recent years, hoping to help the country recover from decades of war. Today's abduction and killing have many hunkering down in fear.

"Many of them that I have spoken to are on edge," Thomas explained. "They are not getting out of their compounds. They have been basically told to lock down and restrict any outdoor movement."

Last month, U.S. special forces freed an American working for the Army Corps of Engineers who had been kidnapped and held for two months in Wardak province, one province west of Kabul.

Residents told CBN News that the situation in their capitol must become a priority for the United States, regardless of who wins Tuesday's election.

"The next President of the United States has to do more to try and help stabilize the situation here in Kabul and stop this city from becoming another Baghdad," Thomas said residents are urging.

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