Afghanistan: 2 Red Cross workers abducted as German about to be freed

September 28, 2007 03:58


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Two foreign aid workers who helped free South Korean hostages last month were taken captive in Afghanistan when on the verge of securing the release of a German captive, officials said. Insurgents had initially released the German, Rudolf Blechschmidt, but then re-captured him along with the two foreigners working with the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) and their two Afghan drivers, an Afghan official said Thursday. The official had received reliable information about the incident but was not authorized to talk about it. The ICRC itself said it could not confirm the circumstances of the capture of its staff in Wardak province, 60 kilometers (40 miles) west of Kabul.

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