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A British journalist kidnapped in Afghanistan has been freed by NATO, but his Afghan interpreter and a British soldier were killed in the rescue. Stephen Farrell was working for the New York Times. He was abducted on Saturday with Sultan Munadi in northern Kunduz province. The pair were seized by Taliban fighters as they tried to cover the aftermath of a NATO airstrike on hijacked fuel tankers which killed dozens of people on Friday.

Local officials say Farrell and Munadi were held by the Taliban in a house near the scene. NATO launched a pre-dawn raid this morning, which freed Farrell but Munadi was hit in the firefight. A British member of the rescue team also died, along with a woman who lived at the house. Farrell was also kidnapped in 2004, while covering the war in Iraq for the British paper the Times.