The eight Western aid workers who were arrested by the Taliban for distributing Christian literature may have been released, according to German newspaper reports. When the Northern Alliance invaded the Afghanistan capitol of Kabul, they were taken by the Taliban to their stronghold of Kandahar

The German ?Rundschau? newspaper reported that foreign intelligence agents claim the members of the Christian charity ?Shelter Now International? are returning to Kabul.

The group is made up of two Americans, two Australians and four Germans. The eight have been named as Australians Peter Bunch and Diana Thomas, Americans Dayna Curry and Heather Mercer, and Germans Georg Taubmann, Katrin Jelinek, Margrit Stebner and Silke Durrkopf.

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