(AFP) – Jun 23, 2008
LONDON (AFP) — A British freelance television journalist was released after three months in captivity over the weekend, the foreign ministry in London confirmed.
Sean Langan, who was working for Channel 4's "Dispatches" television series when he was captured on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, was "safe and well" after being released on Saturday, a ministry spokesman said, and was due back in Britain on Monday evening.
A statement released by Langan's family thanked Channel 4 for assisting in securing the journalist's release, and added that the family had been negotiating "with his kidnappers for the last couple of weeks."
It was not immediately clear which group had been holding Langan.
"We can confirm that Mr Langan was released on the night of June 21," the foreign ministry spokesman said.
"We're glad to hear that he's safe and well. We would encourage people to give him space after what must have been a traumatic experience."
The spokesman said that while the ministry was not involved in his release, it had provided subsequent consular assistance.
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