Wednesday 16 December 2009

Three kidnapped journalists freed in Afghanistan after being held for six days

Guardian foreign correspondent Ghaith Abdul-Ahad was released with two Afghan journalists today after being held hostage for six days in Afghanistan by an armed gang.
The three journalists had been planning to interview militia in the mountainous region bordering Pakistan's North-West Frontier province when they were kidnapped.
The Guardian said it is not known whether the kidnappers were attached to any specific group and that news of the kidnapping was not released in an attempt to ensure the safe return of the journalists.
Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief of the Guardian, said: "We're very relieved that the three hostages have been released. It has been an ordeal for them, and difficult for all involved, including their families. The kidnapping is another illustration of the dangers facing journalists trying to report in many difficult parts of the world. We're delighted the situation has been resolved relatively quickly and that the men are safe."

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