Kidnapped British journalist freed

Channel 4 reporter working on 'Dispatches'

LONDON -- A kidnapped Channel 4 reporter has been freed after a three-month ordeal in Afghanistan.

Documentary filmmaker Sean Langan was working on a project for the Channel 4 show "Dispatches" when he was kidnapped, but was held for more than two months before anyone realized he was missing.

A spokesman for the British Foreign Office said that the journalist is "safe and well" and on his way home to Britain, while Langan's family expressed relief after a tense few weeks, saying Channel 4 had provided huge support.

"We can't thank Channel 4 enough for helping us," the family said in a statement. "We have negotiated with his kidnappers for the last couple of weeks. Before that, we were unaware of his kidnapping. He is as well as can be expected given his ordeal. We have no other comment to make apart from we are delighted."

Langan has spent the past few years in war zones making films about Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Zimbabwe. His documentary "Fighting the Taliban" was shortlisted for a BAFTA award this year.
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