Search for hostages after firefight
The woman, who is reported to be Scottish and in her 30s, was kidnapped in Kunar province, alongside three Afghans with whom she is thought to have been working.
The Development Alternatives Inc (DAI) worker was travelling in a convoy of two vehicles when insurgents attacked.
Officers chased the kidnappers and were engaged in a brief firefight before the men escaped.
Local tribes are believed to be assisting in the search for the missing people.
A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “We can confirm a British national has been abducted in Afghanistan.”
An attack was launched on DAI offices in Kunduz, northern Afghanistan, in July, in which British private security guard Shaun Sexton was killed.
Meanwhile, an Aberdeen backpacker was today facing another week in jail alongside Taliban terrorists.
Nicholas Bain, from Aberdeen, is being held at the Peshawar central jail alongside Taliban prisoners after an alleged unauthorised trip to see the Khyber Pass.
Mr Bain, 27, who is originally from Westhill, is set to appear in court on October 1, when lawyers will ask for his release.
He has reportedly claimed he was just a tourist, but authorities insisted he was detained in an off-limits area after becoming involved in a fight and arguing with a policeman.
- Search for kidnapped UK aid worker (mirror.co.uk)
- British aid worker kidnapped in Afghanistan (theglobeandmail.com)
- Taliban demand prisoner swap for kidnapped British aid worker (telegraph.co.uk)