Workers for French aid group in Afghanistan released

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Four Afghans working for France's Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED) were released unharmed after being briefly held by armed men, the aid group said on Tuesday.

"Our four local employees kidnapped yesterday in Afghanistan's Faryab province have been released unharmed," Paris-based ACTED said in a statement.

The group earlier said that armed men had kidnapped the workers while they were returning from conducting hygiene training at a mosque.

Faryab deputy provincial police chief Baryalai Basharyar Parwani had confirmed the abduction and blamed Taliban insurgents.

ACTED, which among other projects provides technical support to farmers and promotes hygiene in Afghanistan, employs 15 expatriates and 885 Afghans in the country, including 350 in Faryab, a province in the north of the country.

© 2011 AFP

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