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German reporter released in Afghanistan

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

ASADABAD, Afghanistan (AFP) – A German reporter kidnapped early Wednesday in eastern Afghanistan has been freed along with his Afghan translator, a provincial governor said.

“They were both freed with the mediation of tribal elders and other influential people. They are safe and sound,” Shalizai Didar, the governor of eastern Kunar province, told AFP.

The Taliban had earlier claimed responsibility for kidnapping the German journalist, who was the third German national to be abducted in Afghanistan in a week.

He had travelled to the restive province’s Watapour district to report on a NATO-led air strike which killed several Afghan civilians some two weeks ago, Didar said.

The governor explained that the reporter was on his way to the provincial capital Asadabad, where he expected to meet him Wednesday.

“They were freed with no conditions through the power and cooperation of peace-loving local elders,” Didar said.

An official speaking on condition of anonymity said the government put extreme pressure on elders to help win the reporter’s release, based on an earlier agreement that the tribes were not to allow Taliban activity in the district.

Two other Germans, one of them found dead on Sunday, were kidnapped in the south of the country last Wednesday.

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Written by afghandevnews

July 26, 2007 at 3:48 am

Posted in Security

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