September 29, 2007

4 Red Cross Workers Freed in Afghanistan

Good news from Afghanistan (via the Times of India):

KABUL: Four employees with the International Committee of the Red Cross, kidnapped earlier this week in Afghanistan, were freed in good health on Saturday, officials said.

The four men - one from Myanmar, one from Macedonia and two from Afghanistan - were taken captive on Wednesday in central Wardak province while working to secure the release of a German hostage.

Mohabullah, the police director of criminal investigations of the Sayad Abad district where the four were taken, said the men had been released and were in good health. Mohabullah, who goes by one name, said he had no news about the German.

Continued prayers for the German hostage, Rudolf Blechschmidt, who was kidnapped in July along with his fellow engineer Ruediger Diedrich, who was murdered by their Taliban captors when he collapsed on a forced march through the mountainous region. Several Afghan co-workers were also abducted, and their fate remains unclear.

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