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Last Updated: Tuesday November 23 2004 07:29 GMT

UN hostages freed in Afghanistan

Three hostages have been freed in Afghanistan
Three United Nations workers who were taken hostage in Afghanistan last month have been let go unharmed.

An Afghan official said they were released during a rescue operation. One kidnapper was killed and four others wounded, he said.

One of the three, Annetta Flanigan, is from Northern Ireland.

Annetta and the other two people were taken hostage in the Afghan capital of Kabul during a recent election there to choose the country's president.

They were released on Tuesday morning and were taken to a military hospital to make sure they were okay.

US and Afghan soldiers took part in the raid on two houses on Monday to try and free the hostages.

A spokesman for the group that claimed to have taken the hostages said 24 prisoners had been freed in return for their release.

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