Taliban releases kidnapped French aid worker

A French aid worker released by the Taliban after five weeks in captivity in Afghanistan returned to France on Saturday and made a plea for his captors to free three Afghans seized with him. Eric Damfreville arrived at the Villacoublay military airport, west of Paris, where he was met by Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy. "I feel a great joy to be here this morning," said Damfreville, who worked for the humanitarian aid group Terre d'Enfance. "But my joy will be even greater once Azrat, Rasul, Hashim, three Afghans, are also freed." The aid worker was released Friday after 38 days in captivity. He had been abducted along with a female colleague and the three Afghans in the country's southwestern Nimroz province on April 3rd.