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Taleban Frees Kidnapped Lebanese Engineer

Afghan authorities say Taleban militants have freed a Lebanese engineer who was kidnapped earlier this week.

Officials say Ahmed Reza was released near a police checkpoint in southern Zabul province early Thursday.

Mr. Reza, who was working on a U.S.-funded road project, was abducted Sunday night as he drove on the main highway linking the capital, Kabul, with the southern city of Kandahar.

The abductors had threatened to kill Mr. Reza if the Turkish company he worked for did not leave Afghanistan. But it was not clear if the demand had been met.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.