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    TWO TURKISH ENGINEERS LIBERATED IN AFGHANISTAN

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    ISLAMABAD, March 12 (RIA Novosti) - Two Turkish engineers, kidnapped in Afghanistan last December, had been liberated and were currently staying at the Turkish Embassy in Kabul, the English-language "News" newspaper reported on Friday.

    The newspaper refers to the Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Giul, who said that Mustafa and Abdullah Kurklu, liberated thanks to the efforts of the Turkish Ambassador and his friends, were safe and sound.

    Both engineers had worked for and Afghan-Turkish construction company, digging wells for the locals. In December they had been kidnapped by unknown persons near Khak-i-Jabar, 30 kilometres to the east from Kabul.

    There is no information about the fate of the kidnappers, or whether any ransom was paid.

    Kidnapping foreign specialists for ransom has become a profitable business for uncontrolled armed groups headed by local tribes' chieftains, opposing both the new post-Taliban authorities in Kabul and the presence of foreign troops in the country.

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