June 09, 2005

Italian Hostage in Afghanistan Freed

Clementina Cantoni, the CARE International aid worker being held by Taliban terrorists in Afghanistan since May 3oth has been released. Our earlier post about Clementina Cantoni is here. Thank God she did not meet the same fate as CARE International worker in Iraq, Margaret Hassan.

The Guardian:

An Italian aid worker held hostage for more than three weeks in Afghanistan has been released in good health, the Interior Ministry said Thursday.

Clementina Cantoni, 32, was safely at the Interior Ministry and has spoken to her mother by telephone, Interior Ministry spokesman Latfullah Mashal told The Associated Press.

Cantoni ``is in good health, given the 24-day ordeal she went through,'' he said later at a news conference.

No ransom was paid and no concessions were given to her kidnappers, he said.

Combined pressure from the Afghan public, President Hamid Karzai, tribal leaders and Muslim clerics helped win her release, Mashal said.

Another ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Cantoni was set free in Logar province, just south of Kabul, where police picked her up.

Cantoni was abducted by armed men May 16 as she was being driven to her home in the capital, Kabul, where she was working for CARE International on a project helping Afghan widows and their families.

Hat tip: Buzzurro in Italy.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:36 PM | Comments |