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Illinois man kidnapped in Afghanistan by Taliban-affiliated militants

06 Feb 2020 Daily Mail Online

An Illinois man who works as a U.S. government contractor has been kidnapped in Afghanistan by Taliban-affiliated militants. 

Mark R. Frerichs, 57, was kidnapped while working in Afghanistan's southeastern province of Khost last Friday, U.S. officials told Newsweek.

The officials believe the kidnapping was orchestrated by the Taliban-aligned Haqqani militant group. 

Mark R. Frerichs, 57, was kidnapped while working in Afghanistan's southeastern province of Khost last Friday. Pictured above are U.S. soldiers in the same region where Frerichs was captured

Frerichs, who is from Lombard near Chicago, is the managing director of a contracting company called International Logistical Support. 

According to his LinkedIn, Frerichs is a civil engineer who has been living, working and consulting in Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan and other conflict zones for the past decade. 

He has previously worked on conflict zone logistical contracts with U.S. military, government and NGO funded projects. 

He is also a former U.S. Navy diver. 

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Officials say no one has claimed responsibility yet for Frerichs' abduction and it isn't clear how he captured.

Both the state and defense departments, as well as the FBI's Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell, have been helping in the search. 

Officials have said the state department often brings in the FBI to handle kidnapping and hostage situations. 

The FBI and the departments have not commented on the case involving Frerichs. 

The Haqqani network has been behind the kidnapping of several other Americans in Afghanistan.     

 

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