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Aid workers freed in Badakhshan

Aid workers freed in Badakhshan

Jun 02, 2012 - 13:29

FAIZABAD (PAN): Five workers of the Switzerland-based emergency relief and rehabilitation organisation, Medair, were released following an operation in the northeastern province of Badakhshan, officials said on Saturday.

The aid workers -- three Afghan men and two Western female doctors -- were kidnapped on May 22 from the Shalkhazar village of Yaftal district, where they were on their way to a health clinic.

They were rescued as a result of a joint operation by Afghan commandos and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers in Dawang village of Shahr-i-Buzarg district, Afghan army officer Gen. Mohammad Ishaq Tamkin told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Public Health Director Noor Mohammad Khawri said the rescued individuals were in stable condition and would be transferred from Faizabad to Kabul later in the day.

Governor Abdul Maroof Rasikh said a local guide for the aid workers, who was also kidnapped, was freed two days after being abducted, while the four people were held captive until Saturday. Five kidnappers were killed in the operation, he added.

Meanwhile, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said Helen Johnston, Moragwe Oirere and two Afghan civilians were released during an early morning raid.

“First, I would like to thank the Ministry of the Interior and Minister Mohammadi for their tremendous support throughout this crisis.

“Second, this morning’s mission, conducted by coalition forces, exemplifies our collective and unwavering commitment to defeat the Taliban,” said Gen. John R. Allen, the ISAF commander.