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Taleban releases detained British scribe

An agency report quoting a senior Pakistani frontier official said the Taleban released detained British journalist Yvonne Ridley on Monday, and handed her over to Pakistani authorities at the border.

The release followed overnight US-led military strikes on Taleban targets in Afghanistan, which had triggered concerns that the Islamic militia's earlier promise to release Ridley might be compromised.

"She was handed over to the authorities around 1430 GMT at the Torkham border crossing and is now on her way to Peshawar," the border official was quoted as saying.

Ridley, 43, was arrested on September 28, while trying to report on conditions in Afghanistan following the crisis over US demands to turn over prime terrorism suspect Osama bin Laden.

There were no details about the fate of two Afghan guides arrested with the Sunday Express reporter.

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