Tajik Islamists Release German Aid Agency Hostages, Soldiers
Former Islamic guerrillas in Tajikistan released 15 hostages on Sunday -- 11 employees of a German aid group and four Tajik soldiers -- amid signs of discontent with a 1997 peace deal that ended five years of civil war.
The kidnappers released the hostages, who included two Germans and an American, after negotiations led by Tajik Emergency Minister Mirzo Ziyeev earlier on Sunday, the interior ministry told AFP.
Officials at the interior ministry said the kidnappers had not obtained anything in exchange for releasing the hostages.
"The captives were freed without conditions through negotiations," a ministry spokesman said.
The employees of the German Agro-Action aid group were seized late on Friday near the town of Tavildara, east of the Tajik capital Dushanbe, along with four colleagues who were released early in the weekend.
The four Tajik soldiers were also taken hostage on Friday – DUSHANBE (AFP)
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