Page last updated at 14:38 GMT, Saturday, 2 August 2008 15:38 UK

Aid workers freed in Afghanistan

Two French aid workers kidnapped in central Afghanistan last month have been freed, their employers have said.

French aid organisation Action Against Hunger said the two were apparently in good health, and would be flown home as soon as possible.

In a statement on its website, the group thanked the French and Afghan authorities for their support.

The pair, who have not been named, were seized at gunpoint on 18 July from their house in Daykundi province.

The kidnappers tied up guards before breaking in and escaping with the aid workers in waiting vehicles.

At the time, the governor of Daykundi, which is about 300km (190 miles) west of Kabul, said that the pair were kidnapped by "enemies of the Afghan government".

Two French relief workers from another humanitarian group, Terre d'Enfance, were abducted last year and held for weeks before being set free.

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