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German hostage rescued in Kunduz

AT-KABUL: A German citizen, kidnapped by suspected Taliban militants in northeastern Afghanistan a month back, was released on Friday, provincial officials said.

The German national, working with the German Agency for International Development (GIZ), was abducted by the suspected Taliban fighters some 45 days ago while travelling in a vehicle from Kunduz to Balkh, Kunduz Police Headquarters Press Officer, Sayed Sarwar Hussaini, told Afghanistan Times.

“As result of the smart efforts of our security forces, the German captive was released from captors today morning at 3:00am in Chahardara district,” he said.

The spokesman said that the captive was in good health condition and would be handed over to German officials in Afghanistan.

“The man was first taken to the provincial capital and was then transported to Balkh by German forces, who had come in two helicopters from their base in Mazar-e-Sharif,” a security official, who wished anonymity, told Afghanistan Times.

No deal was made over the release while Taliban usually asking for ransom and prisoners swap in such cases, the source said.

Afghan security forces have been fighting armed militants in most parts of Kunduz, since 24 April, the day when the Taliban officially launched their so-called spring offensives.

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