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Arrested Italian charity workers released

world Updated: Apr 18, 2010 21:37 IST

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Three Italian charity workers who were arrested in Afghanistan and accused of plotting to kill a governor have been freed, the UN's representative in the country said today.

"It is over," UN representative Stefan Dimastura told reporters, explaining that the three were at the Italian embassy and doing well following their release.

Matteo Dell'Aria, Marco Garatti and Matteo Pagani are members of the Milan-based non-governmental organisation Emergency.

They were arrested earlier this month in the southern city of Lashkar Gah and were accused by the governor of Helmand province, Gulab Mangal, of being part of a Pakistani Taliban-funded plot to kill him.

He also accused the Italians of being behind the death of Ajmal Naqshbandi, an Afghan interpreter who was seized by the Taliban with an Italian journalist in April 2007.