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Four kidnapped aid workers freed in Afghanistan

Posted by The Agonist on June 3rd, 2012

From our partners at The Agonist

June 2

BBC – Four aid workers kidnapped in northern Afghanistan last month have been freed by coalition forces, officials say.

British nutritionist Helen Johnston, Kenyan medic Moragwa Oirere and two Afghans were rescued in Badakhshan province on Friday after being captured on 22 May, the Nato-led Isaf said.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron called it an “extraordinarily brave, breathtaking” operation.

Five kidnappers were killed in the rescue, by UK and US special forces.

The aid workers – all employees of Switzerland-based aid group Medair – were making their way on horseback to the remote, mountainous province of Badakhshan, in north-eastern Afghanistan, when they were captured.

A fifth member – another Afghan national – was released soon afterwards.

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