Two aid workers and three translators have been kidnapped in Badakhshan province in Afghanistan.

A police spokesperson said the five-strong team was visiting a health clinic in Yawan district.

The aid workers were making their way from central Faizabad city when they were abducted in Yaftal-e Bala.

The incident was confirmed by the head of the Badakhshan provincial council, who said the group was "snatched at gunpoint by seven armed men".

Badakhshan is an impoverished and mountainous province in Afghanistan's far northeast bordering Pakistan.

While mainly quiet, there have been pockets of insurgent activity.

Taliban insurgents waging a war against the Western-backed government of President Hamid Karzai have been responsible for kidnappings in the past, but armed gangs are also known to hold people for ransom.