By an “enemy of Islam,” who was no doubt acting in accord with his understanding of the teachings of Islam and of his responsibilities as a Muslim.
By Noor Khan for Associated Press (thanks to JE):
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – Gunmen kidnapped a burqa-clad American aid worker and her driver while they were traveling through southern Afghanistan early Saturday, a provincial governor said.
The two were stopped by gunmen outside the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, said Gov. Asadullah Khalid. He blamed the kidnappings on the “enemy of Islam and the enemy of Afghanistan.”
Several Westerners “” including two German construction workers and two Italian journalists “” have been kidnapped in Afghanistan in the last year, but this was the first kidnapping of an American in recent memory.
Traveling around Kandahar city has turned increasingly dangerous in the last year, as the Taliban insurgency has spread throughout southern Afghanistan. Western civilians who operate there often travel with armed guards and with extreme caution. The area is rife with Taliban militants but also with criminals linked to the country’s booming opium poppy trade….