Abducted journalist freed in deadly Afghanistan raid


Stephen Farrell, a New York Times reporter who had been abducted while covering the bombing incident in Kunduz, has been rescued by NATO forces in Afghanistan. Unfortunately, lives were lost in the process.

His interpreter, Sultan Munadi, who was kidnapped at the same time, was shot dead during the rescue effort. Armed gunmen seized Farrell and Mundai on Saturday while they were working in a village south of the province.

The crossfire also killed a British commando and several Afghan civilians. The 46-year-old journalist told the Times he did not know if the fatal shots were fired by the rescuers or the militants.

In June, another N.Y. Times reporter, David Rohde, escaped from rebels who had held him for seven months in the mountains of Afghanistan and Pakistan.