Abducted Bangladeshi aid agency officials freed in AfghanistanNovember 2nd, 2008 - 4:13 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, Nov 2 (Xinhua) Two officials of a Bangladeshi aid agency, abducted Oct 23 in Ghazni city in central Afghanistan, have been freed unconditionally by their unidentified captors, private news agency United News of Bangladesh (UNB) said Sunday. The two officials of Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC), a leading international agency headquartered in Bangladesh, arrived at the BRAC office in Kabul Sunday, director of BRAC media communication Anwarul Haq said.
Haq said Akhtar Ali and Shajahan Ali would be flown back to Dhaka soon.
Earlier, Foreign Advisor to Bangladesh caretaker government Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury urged the Afghan authorities to make all out efforts to rescue the two kidnapped officials.
In 2007, another BRAC official Noor Islam was abducted from his office in Afghan province of Lugar and was released Dec 7, nearly three months after his abduction.
BRAC runs 250 institutions across Afghanistan extending micro-credit to 200,000 women and health services to 500,000 women. It has set up 4,000 schools in Afghanistan.
Some 4,000 Afghans and 150 Bangladesh officials are working in the BRAC projects in Afghanistan.