2 French aid workers held in Afghanistan released

Two French humanitarian aid workers kidnapped at gunpoint last month have been released, aid group Action Against Hunger said Saturday. The two are "apparently healthy," the Paris-based organization said in a brief statement, adding that arrangements are under way to bring them back to France as soon as possible. The statement did not provide any details about the circumstances of the release or say who had been behind the kidnapping. The two aid workers had been taken at gunpoint from the house where they were sleeping in the Afghan province of Day Kundi overnight on July 18. The kidnappers entered the house after tying up the guards posted outside and made off with the French nationals in waiting vehicles, Action Against Hunger had said in an earlier statement.