Oxfam worker kidnapped in Chad freed: minister

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A Western aid worker kidnapped this month in Chad has been "found and freed", Chad's Minister of the Interior and Security Ahmat Mahamat Bachir told AFP on Tuesday.

"We have found and liberated the Oxfam hostage," said the minister, who was expected to meet the press later in the evening to provide more details about the release of the aid worker.

A security source had earlier said that the Oxfam aid worker "was found in good health today by security and defence force members 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the Chad-Sudan border, in the Guereda region," the source said on condition of anonymity.

According to the source, the worker for the British NGO was being transported toward the capital and would likely arrive there on Wednesday. The source did not provide details on how the aid worker was freed.

Armed men seized the aid worker in Abeche in eastern Chad on June 6.

The worker was with a Congolese colleague and a Chadian driver who were earlier released about 70 kilometres (45 miles) east of Abeche.

© 2010 AFP

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