(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Twelve Iranian engineers were kidnapped at gunpoint Monday by members of the Taliban in Afghanistan.
An Afghan government spokesman said the men were working on a road construction project along the border of Iran when they were abducted. Five Afghan civilians were also kidnapped.
Abductions of Afghan civilians and foreign nationals in Afghanistan has been going on since the U.S.-led invasion ousted the Taliban from power in 2001.
Most of the people kidnapped are released unharmed following negotiations, but there have been deaths. Last December, a Bangladeshi road worker was killed during an abduction in northern Afghanistan. Five of his colleagues remain in captivity.
Two French journalists also remain in captivity after being kidnapped in December 2009 by insurgents.
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