2 Jun 2012

NATO rescue team frees aid workers

8:49 pm on 2 June 2012

A NATO rescue team dropped by helicopter in remote mountains of northern Afghanistan has freed four aid workers, including two Western women doctors, who had been seized by the Taliban last month.

The aid workers, employed by Swiss-based Medair, were en route to flood-stricken parts of Badakhshan province when they were kidnapped.

NATO says the rescue team suffered no casualties in the operation.

But the deputy governor of Badakhshan said five men who were holding the aid workers were killed.