Kidnapped French nationals freed in Afghanistan: aid group
August 2, 2008
PARIS (AFP) – Two French aid workers kidnapped last month in central Afghanistan have been freed, their employers Action Against Hunger said Saturday.
“Action Against Hunger was relieved to learn this morning the liberation of its two expatriates who were kidnapped 15 days ago in Afghanistan,” the aid group said in a statement, adding: “Our colleagues … are apparently healthy.”
“Everything is (being) done to organise as soon as possible their trip back to France. Action Against Hunger thanks the Afghan and French authorities for their involvement and their support.”
The aid workers were taken from their guest house in the early hours of July 18 in the central province of Day Kundi, one of the poorest areas of Afghanistan, their Paris-based organisation said after their disappearance.
Officials said they had no idea who had taken them, while the Taliban insurgency denied involvement.
Action Against Hunger (Action Contre la Faim) has projects in Day Kundi, about 300 kilometres (190 miles) east of the capital, to improve access to food and water and sanitation, according to the group’s website.
The organisation, with only 10 expatriate staff in Afghanistan, suspended its relief operations in the country after the abductions.