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Kidnapped German woman freed in Afghanistan

KABUL/BERLIN, Aug 19 (Reuters) - A German woman abducted by gunmen in Afghanistan has been freed, the German Foreign Ministry said on Sunday hours after she appeared in a video asking Berlin to use every effort to gain her freedom.

Christina Barbara Meier, an aid worker, had been seized from a Kabul restaurant while having lunch with her husband on Saturday. Her kidnapping was the first of a Westerner in the Afghan capital for more than two years.

"The kidnapped woman is now at the German embassy," a German foreign ministry spokeswoman said.

In the video, the blonde aid worker had worn a long headscarf and a red local outfit and read from a note in Dari.

"I am fine ... I ask my country to urgently help and cooperate for my release," she had said in the video aired by private television station Tolo, adding she was an employee of "ORA International" aid agency.

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Added: Aug-20-2007 
By: Ragnark
Afghanistan, News
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