Kidnapped NY Times journalist freed
AFGHANISTAN: A New York Times journalist kidnapped in Afghanistan has
been freed during a special forces operation but his Afghan colleague
was killed by the Taliban, an Afghan official said Wednesday.
Stephen Farrell, who is Irish, and his colleague Sultan Mohammad went
missing on Saturday in the northern province of Kunduz, where a NATO air
strike killed civilians and dozens of Taliban insurgents.
"Last night in a US special forces operation in Chardara district,
they managed to free Stephen Farrell but the Afghan journalist Sultan
Mohammad was killed by Taliban during the operation," said Kunduz
governor Mohammad Omar.
The New York Times website reported on its website that "commandos
free Times reporter from captors in Afghanistan" but provided no
Abdul Razaq Yaqubi, the provincial police chief, said he heard the
information and was sending a team to the area to find out what
Farrell was the second foreign correspondent working for the New York
Times to be kidnapped in Afghanistan in less than a year. David Rohde
and a local reporter were abducted outside Kabul with their driver last
November, but escaped in June, the newspaper reported. AFP