2 abdusted Bangladeshi NGO officials fred in Afghanistan

By NNN-Xinhua,

Dhaka : Two NGO officials of Bangladesh who were abducted on Oct. 23 in Ghazni city in Afghanistan have been freed unconditionally by their abductors, private news agency UNB reported on Sunday.

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The two abducted officials of Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC), a leading international NGO headquartered in Bangladesh, arrived at the BRAC office in Kabul on Sunday, Director of BRAC media communication Anwarul Haq told UNB on Sunday.

Anwarul Haq said the two officials Akhtar Ali and Shajahan Ali will be flown back to Dhaka shortly.

Earlier, Foreign Advisor of Bangladesh caretaker government Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury urged the Afghan authorities to make all out efforts to rescue the two kidnapped Bangladesh officials.

The adviser had also appealed to the abductors to release the innocent officials, who were engaged in development works for the Afghan people and not connected with anything else.

In 2007, another BRAC official Noor Islam was abducted from his office in Afghanistan province of Lugar and was released on Dec. 7,nearly three months after his abduction.

BRAC runs 250 institutions across Afghanistan extending micro-credit to 200,000 women and health services to 500,000 women. Besides, BRAC set up 4,000 schools in Afghanistan.

Some 4,000 Afghans and 150 Bangladesh officials are working in the BRAC projects in Afghanistan.