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Freed Western Aid Workers Recall Hollywood-Style Rescue - 2001-11-16


Western aid workers, detained for three months in Afghanistan by the Taleban, say their rescue Wednesday by U-S helicopters was like a Hollywood movie.

American aid worker Heather Mercer told reporters today (Friday) in Islamabad, Pakistan, that the people who rescued them did a fabulous job. She said Hollywood could not have done it better.

All eight aid workers were picked up late at night by three U-S helicopters from a field outside the Afghan town of Ghazni -- not far from the capital, Kabul -- and flown to Pakistan. All appear to be in good health despite their ordeal.

The two Americans, two Australians and four Germans were detained by the Taleban in August on charges of preaching Christianity. The group worked for the German-based agency, Shelter Now International.

Sixteen Afghans who were arrested along with the foreign aid workers also were freed.

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