HERAT: An Indian aid worker was Monday abducted by unidentified gunmen in Afghanistan's western Herat province. Sayed Fazlullah Wahidy, governor of Herat province, said the aid worker was kidnapped in the afternoon, adding "police have started the search operation for him". India's foreign ministry confirmed the incident, with spokesman Syed Akbaruddin posting on Twitter: "Indian national working with an NGO (non-profit group) in Herat province of Afghanistan has been kidnapped."

The Indian mission was "pursuing the matter with local authorities," he added.