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Afghan Abductors Free Bangladeshi Aid Workers

DHAKA (Reuters) -- Two Bangladeshi aid workers abducted in Afghanistan last month have been freed, their aid agency said.

Akhter Ali and Mohammad Shahjahan were employed by the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC), which has been operating in Afghanistan since 2002 providing micro-finance, education, and health services to the poor.

"They were freed on Saturday night [November 1] at Ghazni and are now in our Kabul office," Zia Hashan, manager of public affairs and communications of BRAC told Reuters in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka.

He did not give any details on the circumstances of their release.

The two had been kidnapped from Ghazni, a province in the southwest of Kabul, on October 23.

A BRAC employee was shot dead in Afghanistan's Badakshan Province in September 2007, and in December another was released after three months in captivity.

The aid agency has 180 Bangladeshi employees stationed in Afghanistan. The country does not have any troops there.