Betty on the News: 2 Die in Daring Rescue of Kidnapped Journalist in Afghanistan
A brave reporter is brought to safety for the second time in his life
New York Times reporter Stephen Farrell, who was captured Saturday by armed gunman in Afghanistan during a NATO airstrike on Taliban forces, was rescued Wednesday in a pre-dawn military invasion.
Farrell, 46, was freed by NATO’s International Security Assistance Force, according to the British Foreign Office. Sadly both a British commando and Farrell’s accompanying Afghan journalist, Sultan Munadi, was killed during the operation.
After being rescued the reporter contacted the Times’ foreign editor and explained that he was “extracted” during a commando raid.
“There were bullets all around us,” he recalled. “I could hear British and Afghan voices.”
This is not the first time Farrell has been abducted. In April of 2004 he was captured in Falluja, Iraq, while on assignment for The Times of London. After being taken hostage for 10 hours Farrell and his fellow reporters were finally set free. (CNN.com)