Abducted NYT reporter freed in deadly Afghanistan raid

September 9, 2009

(ChattahBox) — A British commando raid has freed New York Times reporter Stephen Farrell from captivity in Afghanistan, but lives were lost in the process. The Taliban kidnapped Farrell and his translator Sultan Munadi in the northern province of Kunduz on Saturday in northern Afghanistan, as they and other reporters traveled to the area to cover the aftermath of 90 deaths caused when German commanders ordered U.S. jets to drop bombs on two hijacked fuel tankers, causing a number of civilian casualties.  Media outlets did not report the abductions on request by The Times out of concern for the men’s safety.

British special forces dropped down from helicopters early Wednesday onto the house where the two were being kept, and a gun battle ensued. Farrell heard the approaching helicopters, and dove into a ditch during the ensuing gunfight, which Munadi did not survive. A British commando also died during the rescue operation.  A Taliban commander who was in the house was killed, along with the owner of the house and a woman who was inside, Yowar said. He said Munadi was killed in the midst of the firefight.


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One Response to “Abducted NYT reporter freed in deadly Afghanistan raid”

  1. Lisa Stone on September 9th, 2009 8:11 pm

    Thank God Farrell is alive, but it is awful the interpreter had to die in the process.

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