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Canadian TV reporter freed in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan – A female Canadian TV journalist abducted and held for nearly four weeks in Afghanistan was freed Saturday after Afghan tribal leaders persuaded her kidnappers to release her, officials said.

Mellissa Fung, a reporter for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., was taken hostage Oct. 12 after reporting in a refugee camp in Kabul.

Western news organizations in Afghanistan had been aware of Fung’s abduction, but the CBC requested that her case not be publicized for safety considerations while officials tried to negotiate her release.

Adam Khan Serat, spokesman for the provincial governor in Wardak, said there was no ransom involved.