Kidnapped Dutch aid worker in Afghanistan released: official

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A Dutch aid worker and his Afghan driver kidnapped more than a month ago in northern Afghanistan have been released, an NGO official said Friday.

The man was kidnapped by gunmen on Oct. 25 together with his Afghan driver in Takhar province.

"A Dutch national who went missing in Bangi area on the way from Kunduz to Takhar province on October 25 was released late Thursday," Aman-u-Din,an Afghan official of NGO Prince Afghanistan told Xinhua.

Aman-u-Din gave the name of the worker Peter, adding that he has been working for Prince Afghanistan that helps disabled children in Takhar. The Dutch aid worker now is in safe condition and will return to the Netherlands as soon as possible, and the driver is back with his family.

It is unknown whether some ransom money was paid or how the release of the two men was secured yet. Since the beginning of this year,Takhar and neighboring Kunduz province have been witnessing a rapid increase of Taliban-led militant activities.

Source: Xinhua


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