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    Abducted aid workers freed

    JALALABAD (PAN): Three Afghan aid workers, kidnapped along with a British citizen a week ago, have been released in eastern Kunar province, one of them said on Monday.

    The staffers of the Washington-based Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI), a subcontractor of the USAID, were abducted by gunmen while travelling in two cars from Jalalabad to the Sawakai district of Kunar.

    The freed DAI employees -- belonging to Behsud, Surkhrod and Khogyani districts of Nangarhar province -- had reached their homes following their release on Sunday.

    One of the freed men, who did not want to be named, told Pajhwok Afghan News they were released Sunday morning. With the cooperation of a tribal elder, they were taken to the Sawakai district centre.

    With provincial security officials unaware of their release, the DAI worker said the British woman -- reportedly in her 30s -- was held separately by the captors, and he had no idea of her fate.

    "The (British) woman is one of our veterans. She is a complete professional and has many years of experience," DAI spokesman Steven O'Connor said after her abduction. "The evidence does not point towards them getting lost."