Three United Nations workers abducted in Afghanistan nearly a month ago are now free.
Afghan Interior Minister Ali Ahmad Jalali told reporters in Kabul that the hostages were found in the capital early today Tuesday, apparently abandoned by their abductors.
Mr. Jalali said the authorities are still hunting for the kidnappers He said the government made no deal to secure the release of the hostages.
He declined to say whether the hostages were held by a militant group (the Army of Muslims) linked to the former Taleban regime.
A leader of the group claimed the government freed 24 Taleban prisoners in exchange for the captives.
The foreign workers -- two women and a man -- were kidnapped in Kabul on October 28th. Officials say medical checks show the released hostages are in good health.
Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.