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UK doctor among hostages rescued in Afghanistan

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A joint NATO and Afghan military force has rescued four aid workers, among them a British doctor, who had been kidnapped in northern Afghanistan.

An elite team dropped by helicopter into the remote mountain region at night, where Helen Johnston had been held since May 22nd along with a Kenyan doctor, Moragwe Oirere and two unnamed Afghan nationals.

The operation was welcomed in London by the British Prime Minister, who had authorised the mission.

David Cameron said: “I am delighted that that rescue attempt has been successful. All four hostages are now safely back at the British Embassy in Kabul. None of our soldiers was injured. A number of Taliban and hostage-takers have been killed.”

A NATO spokesman said the kidnappers – who appeared to be a criminal gang – had been well-armed with heavy machine guns, assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades.

The hostages were working for the Swiss-based Medair and were trying to reach a remote clinic when they were taken.