Taliban release Iranian hostages, says Afghan police
Last Updated: Thursday, April 21, 2011, 00:51
Kabul: An Afghan police official says that a group of Iranian road construction workers kidnapped earlier this week in western Afghanistan have been released.

Farah province police chief Gen Sayed Mohammad says 13 Iranians have been set free, along with two Afghan workers.

The Iranian government had reported 12 of its citizens captured on Monday. The reason for the discrepancy in numbers was not clear.

Mohammad says three men were released late yesterday night and the rest today. He says no conditions were put on their release and no ransom was paid. He says elders in the community persuaded Taliban insurgents to let the workers go.

The Taliban had previously threatened to kill the hostages if the company, Jahidi Nasri Tehran, did not stop work on the road.


First Published: Thursday, April 21, 2011, 00:51

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