Indian American doctor rescued from Taliban

  • PTI, Washington
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  • Updated: Dec 11, 2012 12:55 IST

After being rescued in a daring military operation from Taliban captivity, an Indian American doctor who was involved in training local medical professionals in Afghanistan, is set to return home.

Dilip Joseph's employers, Colorado-based Morning Star Development, insisted that it did not pay any ransom to the Taliban for the release of the doctor, who worked with it for the last three years and has been a frequent traveller to Afghanistan.

He would soon return to his home in Colorado, they said.

"Dilip Joseph is still in Afghanistan and will be coming back soon," the Morning Star Development executive director, Lars Peterson, told PTI.

"He oversees our medical clinics in Afghanistan, teaching and preparing the local doctors and midwives in their work. I have not spoken to him since last week so I don't know much more about his condition," Peterson said.

The family of Joseph was not available for comment.

"His family is asking for privacy at this time," he said.

Peterson said Joseph along with two other members of the Morning Star Development were kidnapped by the Taliban on December 5.

He was rescued in a joint operation by US commandos and Afghan forces. While one US Navy SEAL was killed in the rescue, seven insurgents were also left dead.

"Morning Star Development is grateful beyond words for the assistance and support of many people and organisations during this event. Due to security concerns, some cannot be named but their help will never be forgotten.

"Among these who cannot be named we include all of the courageous members of the US military who successfully rescued Mr Joseph as they risked their own lives doing so," he said in a statement.

The other two members were released by their captors about 11 hours earlier following hours of negotiations conducted over three days.


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