Red Cross employee released in Afghanistan


KABUL -- A Spanish employee of the Red Cross who was abducted in northern Afghanistan has been released almost a month after gunmen snatched him, the international charity said Sunday (January 15), AFP reported.

Juan Carlos was kidnapped December 19 en route between Mazar-i-Sharif and Kunduz. The gunmen left three of his colleagues unharmed.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said Carlos had been returned to its team in Kunduz but did not say how he was released or who was behind the abduction.

"We are relieved and grateful that Juan Carlos is now back with us, safe and sound," Monica Zanarelli, head of the ICRC delegation in Afghanistan, said in a statement.

No militant group has so far claimed responsibility for the abduction.

Local authorities are investigating, Kunduz government spokesman Sayed Mahmood Danish said.

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