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Afghan Guerrillas Free American Aid Worker

January 05, 1992|Associated Press

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Afghan guerrillas Saturday freed an American aid worker who was held captive for nearly six months, officials said.

The fundamentalist rebel group Hizb-i-Islami, or Islamic Party, escorted the American, Joel DeHart, across the border into Pakistan and released him to U.S. Consul General Gerald Fierstein.

DeHart, 34, of Camden, N.J., had been working on an animal husbandry project for the British relief group Global Partners when he and American veterinarian William Lewis were abducted July 7.

Lewis, of Decatur, Tex., was released by Nahazat Islami, or Islamic Movement, on Oct. 20.

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