April 28, 2007

French Woman Hostage Freed

Via AFP:

A French woman -- one of five hostages held by the Taliban in Afghanistan for three weeks -- has been released in the southern province of Kandahar, a Taliban spokesman told AFP.

"Today at 11:05 (0635 GMT) the French female hostage was released in Maiwand district of Kandahar province," Taliban spokesman Yousuf Ahmadi said.

Afghan officials could not immediately confirm the release. The French embassy in Kabul said: "We are awaiting confirmation."

The Taliban will give France one more week to negotiate the release of hostage Eric Damfreville and 3 Afghan colleagues.

Another spokesman for the movement, Zabihullah Mujahid, said the extension was granted to the French government "since they have elections and they are busy."

"We will give the French woman a letter containing our demands from the French government," he said.

UPDATE: France Confirms Release of Hostage in Afghanistan

“French authorities confirm that one of the hostages, who are members of the Terre d’Enfance association, has been released this morning in Afghanistan,” the ministry said.

“This release is the result of the efforts made for more than three weeks. They must continue with the same determination and the same discretion until the release of the other hostages,” the ministry said in a statement.

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