12 days ago, four aid workers, one British, one Kenyan and two Afghans, were taken hostage by a group, whose demands included a £7 million ransom. A criminal, albeit with close links to insurgents, gang who were heavily armed, seized them in a mountainous, difficult to access and generally treacherous area of terrain. In the same area a group of aid workers, also there to alleviate malnutrition, were murdered in 2010.
Last night, a rescue operation by NATO, headed by UK Special Forces with US support, freed the hostages, all of whom were unharmed, killing the five kidnappers during the rescue.
This after increasing threats to the lives of the hostages and fears of greater Taliban involvement.
Some recent attempts to rescue hostages have not gone well, in Afghanistan and Nigeria, so it's a relief that this one was a total success, hopefully a deterrent too.
Officially confirmed by the PM;