Afghanistan's deputy minister of public works was kidnapped here Tuesday by unidentified armed men, a senior police officer told Efe.

"Ahmad Shah Wahid was going to his office when he was accosted by unknown armed men in the Khair Khana neighborhood at 7:00 a.m.," the head of the Criminal Investigation Office in Kabul, Gul Agha Hashim, said.

"We're investigating the case," he said.

Injured in the attack was Wahid's driver, the spokesman for the Public Works Ministry, Soheil Kakar, told Efe, adding that the politician was not accompanied by his bodyguards.

No group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.

Abductions, especially of foreigners, and violent incidents are constant occurrences in Afghanistan, though they are more frequent in the conflictive southeastern strip of the country with its dominant Pashtun ethnicity from which the Taliban draws.

The South Asian country held presidential elections on April 5 protected by robust security measures, particularly in the capital, but the situation is back to normal now.

International forces plan to complete their gradual withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of the year.

The Afghan conflict is currently in one of its bloodiest phases since the U.S. invasion in 2001 that led to the ouster of the Taliban regime. EFE